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Jehovah’s Witnesses File Formal Objections to Ministry Claim in Supreme Court

The Witnesses request that the Ministry claim be denied in full. The full text of the objections is provided.

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Верховный суд России

Witnesses Ask Supreme Court to Declare Ministry Actions to Be Political Repression

The actions of the Ministry of Justice have all the signs of political repression, from the viewpoint of Russian and international law.

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Свидетели Иеговы в Верховном суде

Supreme Court Receives 395 Petitions From Local Organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses to Be Admitted to Case

All 395 local religious organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, which the Ministry of Justice has wanted to ban behind their back, filed claims in the Supreme Court to be admitted to the case as co-defendants.

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Церемониальный молоток

Jehovah’s Witnesses Appeal Ministry Order Suspending Activity of Their Organisations

The Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses appealed in court the order of the Russian Ministry of Justice suspending the activity of all 396 registered organisations of this religion in Russia.

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Richard Clayton: “A Shocking Example of a Bad Law Being Used for a Worse Purpose”

Great Britain’s representative to the Venice Commission believes that the claim against Jehovah’s Witnesses will not help Russia consolidate its reputation as a civilized nation.

Massimo Introvigne: “The Only Relationship Between Jehovah’s Witnesses and Violence Is They Have Been Victims of Violence”

The OSCE Representative on Combatting Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination speaks about the attempt of the Ministry of Justice to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Heiner Bielefeldt: “If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Extremists, I Think We All Are”

The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion speaks about the attempt of the Ministry of Justice to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Свидетели Иеговы в Крыму

22 Claims From Crimean Organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses Filed in Russia’s Supreme Court

For 8,000 Witnesses in Crimea, the Ministry of Justice claim to declare their 22 organisations “extremist” was a complete surprise.

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Annika Vitamar: “If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Extremists, Then Most Versions of Christianity Could Be Called the Same”

A religious historian from Denmark speaks about the judicial claim against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

Большой зал Верховного суда

Motion Filed for Spacious Room and Video Recording at Hearing in Russia’s Supreme Court

The motions were filed because of the widespread publicity of this case.

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Urgent Video Appeal of Vasiliy Kalin Regarding Claim to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses

Unprecedented news is the occasion for this appeal.

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Управленческий центр Свидетелей Иеговы

Unprecedented News: Russian Ministry Seeks Immediate Total Ban of Major Religion

The Ministry requests that the Supreme Court ban, not only the Administrative Centre, but also all 395 local religious organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as seize all property. The court has already set a hearing date.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Ask Supreme Court to Defer Action on Ministry Claim

The Administrative Centre has filed a petition requesting that action be deferred on the claim of the Russian Ministry of Justice, because it does not comply with the rules for filing a statement of claim.

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Управленческий центр Свидетелей Иеговы

Claim Filed in Supreme Court to Liquidate Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

The claim was filed by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. Millions of Witnesses throughout the world consider the Ministry’s actions a big mistake.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not Agree With Conclusions of Inspection

On 13 March 2017, the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia officially filed its “Objections to the Inspection Report No. 2 dated 27 February 2017” with the Russian Ministry of Justice.

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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.

Public Statement of Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

Pursuant to legislation on Counteracting Extremist Activity, the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia issues a public statement.

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Срыв богослужения

In Nizhniy Novgorod, Police Rudely Disrupt Religious Service. Planting of Banned Brochure

On 10 February 2017, a group of 15 law enforcement officers disrupted a religious service attended by approximately 100 Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Фальсификация улик

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Voronezh Unjustifiably Charged With New Violation

The local religious organisation is accused of failing to notify authorities about a religious service. Meanwhile, Russia’s Constitutional Court has previously clarified that notification is not required.

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