St. Petersburg

Appellate Court Legalises Seizure of Property in Solnechnoye, St. Petersburg

The decision enters into force immediately. All options for further appeal are being considered, both on a national and international level.

St. Petersburg

In St. Petersburg, Question of Witnesses’ Solnechnoye Property Being Decided

A hearing began on 3 May 2018 at 12.50 p.m. in St. Petersburg City Court on the Watchtower’s appeal.

St. Petersburg

In St. Petersburg, Date Set for Appeal Regarding Solnechnoye Buildings

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.

St. Petersburg

Basis for Decision to Ban Holy Scriptures: Word “Bible” Not in Title

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.

Leningrad Region, St. Petersburg

Appellate Court Upholds Unlawful Decision to Ban a Bible Translation

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.

Leningrad Region, St. Petersburg

Leningrad Regional Court Reviewing Decision to Ban a Bible Translation

The questioning of experts is scheduled for 20 December 2017. After 2.30 p.m., to the extent possible, courtroom reporting will be provided.

Leningrad Region, St. Petersburg

On 20 December, Questioning of Experts Who Found Extremism in Bible

The cross-examination of the experts who found extremism in the Bible can be observed in both St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Religious Building Serving Thousands of St. Petersburg Witnesses Seized and Sealed

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.

St. Petersburg

Sestroretskiy District Court Legalises Seizure of Foreign Property

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.

St. Petersburg

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.

St. Petersburg

Reporting From Leningrad Regional Court: Case to Ban a Russian Bible Translation

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.

St. Petersburg, Leningrad Region

Russian Authorities Attempt to Seize Foreign Property

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.

St. Petersburg

Appellate Court to Review Decision to Ban Bible Translation

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.

St. Petersburg

Supreme Court Decision Provokes Violent Act of Religious Intolerance in St. Petersburg

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.

St. Petersburg

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.

Moscow, St. Petersburg