The Russian government’s position in the international court blatantly contradicts its position in domestic court.
Попытка полного запрета Свидетелей Иеговы в России
Министерство юстиции Российской Федерации обратилось в Верховный суд России с иском о наложении запрета на Управленческий центр, а также на все 395 местных религиозных организаций Свидетелей Иеговы. Этот шаг стал апофеозом многолетнего злоупотребления антиэкстремистским законодательством. Все началось с включения религиозных книг в список экстремистских материалов (ФСЭМ) за так называемую «пропаганду исключительности», которую эксперты и судьи усматривали в указаниях на истинность религии Свидетелей Иеговы. В дальнейшем все обвинения верующих в экстремизме так или иначе связаны с публикациями, включенными в ФСЭМ.
This application was filed on behalf of the 395 local religious organisations (LROs) that were liquidated by the Russian Supreme Court in April 2017 along with the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
On 26 September 2018, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced that Dennis Christensen was included on the list of “Religious Prisoners of Conscience”.
Four-minute condensed English version of a video about the main stages of the elaborate plan of Russian authorities, who over nine years were able to turn law-abiding believers into “extremists”.
Seven-minute full English version of a video about the main stages of the elaborate plan of Russian authorities, who over nine years were able to turn law-abiding believers into “extremists”.
On 10 May 2018, a delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) issued …
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.
2-минутный видеообзор имущества в пригороде Санкт-Петербурга, которое прокуратура пытается отобрать у иностранного объединения международного масштаба.
Как и почему власти России пытаются отнять у иностранной религиозной организации дорогостоящую недвижимость в Санкт-Петербурге.
On 10, 18, 19 and 20 April 2018, home searches took place in Bashkiria, the Ivanovo and Murmansk Regions and the Primorskiy Territory. Four people were arrested.
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 response to the application Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and Kalin v. Russia contains a statement that should serve as a warning to security agencies.
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.
The application is called Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and Kalin v. Russia. The ECHR ordered Russia to submit its explanations by 23 March 2018.
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 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.
Among other things, the Ombudsman’s attention is being drawn to massive human rights violations, which are gaining momentum, following this court decision.
On 11 September 2017, lawyers filed a supervisory appeal against the Supreme Court decision to liquidate Jehovah’s Witnesses and ban their activity in Russia. They requested that the decision dated 20 April 2017 be completely reversed and its execution be suspended until the proceedings in the court of supervisory instance are concluded.
A hearing date has been set for an appeal against the RF Supreme Court decision dated 20 April 2017 to liquidate the Religious Organisation Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
The full text of the appeal is published. The date of the appeal hearing has not yet been set.
The 26-minute statement by a lawyer in oral arguments during the historic judicial proceedings on banning Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The most dangerous form of extremism is a wave of persecution of believing citizens merely because they worship God”, noted Novakov.
Kalin called the claim of the Ministry of Justice “a crime against one’s own people” in his four-minute statement in oral arguments during the historic judicial proceedings on banning Jehovah’s Witnesses.
A 13-minute statement of Sergey Cherepanov in oral arguments during the historic judicial proceedings on banning Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Шесть дней понадобилось Верховному суду России, чтобы ликвидировать все 396 организаций Свидетелей Иеговы в России. Смотрите 3-минутный видеообзор.
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.
20 April 2017 may be a date that goes down in history as a gloomy day for fundamental human freedoms in Russia.
The hearing continues on 20 April 2017 at 2.00 p.m. The proceedings have entered their final stage, awaiting the oral arguments of the parties. Courtroom reporting is provided.
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.
The hearing continues on 19 April 2017 at 10.00 a.m. The court will explore the case materials. Courtroom reporting is provided.
Член Государственного совета Франции, бывший директор по гражданским свободам в Министерстве внутренних дел Франции говорит об иске против Свидетелей Иеговы в Верховный суд России.
Испанский ученый анализирует применение антиэкстремистского законодательства к Свидетелям Иеговы в свете международного права.
Генпрокурор Испании (до 2016 года) говорит об ограничении прав Свидетелей Иеговы под предлогом борьбы с экстремизмом.
On 12 April 2017 at 10.00 a.m., the lawyers of the religious organisation will continue to give their statements as well as to answer the questions of the court and a representative of the Ministry of Justice. Courtroom reporting is provided.
Vasiliy Kalin: “I Received a Certificate Identifying Me As a Victim of Political Repression. What Identity Does the Ministry of Justice Now Want to Give Me?”
The text of statements made in Russia’s Supreme Court by Vasiliy Kalin of the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
С 5 по 7 апреля 2017 года в Верховном Cуде России прошли первые слушания по иску Минюста, который требует запретить в России целую религию. Полутораминутное видео.
The arguments in the statements made in Russia’s Supreme Court by Yuriy Toporov, a representative of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
7 April 2017 is the third day of hearings in the Supreme Court in the case to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The hearings in Russia’s Supreme Court continue on 6 April 2017.
Courtroom reporting is provided.
The Witnesses request that the Ministry claim be denied in full. The full text of the objections is provided.
The actions of the Ministry of Justice have all the signs of political repression, from the viewpoint of Russian and international law.
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.
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.
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.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion speaks about the attempt of the Ministry of Justice to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses.
For 8,000 Witnesses in Crimea, the Ministry of Justice claim to declare their 22 organisations “extremist” was a complete surprise.
Президент Центра стратегических исследований религий и политики считает, что попытка преследования Свидетелей Иеговы нарушает саму суть закона об экстремистской деятельности.
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.
Профессор сравнительного религиоведения в Лейпцигском университете о суде над Свидетелями Иеговы.
Член Совета при Президенте РФ по развитию гражданского общества и правам человека считает иск Минюста необдуманным, неизбежно ведущим к преследованиям за религиозные убеждения.
Главный редактор журнала «Религия и право» расценивает иск о запрете Свидетелей Иеговы как колоссальную юридическую и религиоведческую ошибку.
В марте 2017 года известная правозащитница высказалась о перспективах запрета организаций Свидетелей Иеговы в России.
The motions were filed because of the widespread publicity of this case.
Unprecedented news is the occasion for this appeal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pursuant to legislation on Counteracting Extremist Activity, the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia issues a public statement.
Затребованы более 73 000 страниц внутренней документации Управленческого центра Свидетелей Иеговы в России. Является ли проверка подготовкой к иску о ликвидации?
A transcript of explanations and statements of representatives of the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia during oral arguments.
“That Jehovah’s Witnesses are extremists is a wrong idea repeated hundreds of times but not thereby made true”.