Legal Victories and International Support

European Union Statement on Situation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

On 10 May 2018, a delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) issued …

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Russia Submits Response to ECHR Regarding Liquidation of Witnesses’ Legal Entities

The response to the application Administrative Centre of Jehovahs Witnesses in Russia and Kalin v. Russia contains a statement that should serve as a warning to security agencies.

Read more » Moscow, France

European Court Gives Priority to Reviewing Decision to Ban Witnesses’ Organisations in Russia

The application is called Administrative Centre of Jehovahs Witnesses in Russia and Kalin v. Russia. The ECHR ordered Russia to submit its explanations by 23 March 2018.

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UN Calls on Russia to Abolish List of Extremist Materials

The international community has unanimously condemned the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. The charges against the Witnesses are based on the Federal List of Extremist Materials.

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Council of Europe Ministers Hear Report About Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

In Strasbourg at a meeting of the Committee of Ministers (the body supervising execution of ECHR judgments), the question of the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia was raised in the light of the claim filed by the Ministry of Justice in Russia’s Supreme Court.

Read more » France

Higher Court in Voronezh Defends Jehovah’s Witnesses

It was illegal to suspend for 45 days the activity of the Local Religious Organisation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the City of Voronezh.

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Decision of Court of First Instance in Case of Sergiyev Posad Elders

The text of the acquittal in the case of the Witnesses accused of “extremism”. Later, the appellate court returned the case for retrial.

Read more » Moscow Region

Criminal Prosecution of Six Taganrog Jehovah’s Witnesses Discontinued

The criminal case was an exact repetition of the notable “Case of the 16”.

Read more » Rostov Region