The decision enters into force immediately. All options for further appeal are being considered, both on a national and international level.
A hearing began on 3 May 2018 at 12.50 p.m. in St. Petersburg City Court on the Watchtower’s appeal.
On 3 May 2018, the appeal of the Watchtower Society, which is the owner of the complex worth about 2 billion roubles, will be considered.
The Leningrad Regional Court unexpectedly referred to government standards regulating the work of librarians, which requires use of the word “Bible” when cataloguing texts of this book published under different titles.
On 20 December 2017 at 9.55 p.m., the Leningrad Regional Court upheld the decision of a lower court to declare a Russian translation of the Bible “extremist material”. Representatives of the copyright holder intend to appeal this decision.
The questioning of experts is scheduled for 20 December 2017. After 2.30 p.m., to the extent possible, courtroom reporting will be provided.
The cross-examination of the experts who found extremism in the Bible can be observed in both St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Some 40 law enforcement officers seized an enormous building for religious services in St. Petersburg. An archive video (11 April 2017) shows Witnesses gathered at the last religious service in this building.
On 7 December 2017, the court read out the decision to declare the 17-year-old transaction invalid. The decision casts a shadow on the inviolability of property rights in the Russian Federation.
Reporting From Sestroretskiy District Court: Claim to Seize Property of Foreign Religious Organisation
On 7 December 2017, hearings begin in the Sestroretskiy District Court of St. Petersburg on a claim to confiscate a large complex of properties from the foreign organisation “Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania”. Follow the courtroom reporting.
On 6 December 2017, the Leningrad Regional Court considers an appeal against the decision of the Vyborg Court to declare the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, a Bible translation published by Jehovah’s Witnesses, “extremist material”. Courtroom reporting is provided.
On 7 December 2017, consideration begins of the prosecutor’s claim aimed at seizing from a foreign organisation a large complex of properties in the village of Solnechnoye (St. Petersburg). The “Watchtower Society”, which was incorporated in 1884 and serves the interests of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the world, has owned the complex since 2000.
The hearing will begin on 6 December 2017 at 10.00 a.m. and will be held in the Leningrad Regional Court at the address: St. Petersburg, nab. Reki Fontanki, No. 6.
A few hours after Russia’s Supreme Court announced the decision to liquidate the Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group of men drove up to the largest religious building of Jehovah’s Witnesses in St. Petersburg in two passenger cars.
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.