Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

These articles provide a machine-translated text of the proceedings of the court case held in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation that began on 5th April 2017, hearing the case against Jehovah’s Witnesses. The case was brought to court by Russia’s Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice sought both the liquidation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, as well as the addition of the ‘label’ of extremists, thus putting them on a par with terrorists. Interestingly, this dichotomy prompted a question that the court itself (the judges) put to the Ministry of Justice (see April 5th-7th below): ‘How can you ban what does not exist?’ If they succeed in liquidating the Witnesses, why would they also want to proceed with moves to limit their activities?

April 5th-7th

April 12th

April 19th

April 20th

As far as can be ascertained, the following is an explanation of the acronyms and their respective meanings as used during the proceedings:

MPO = local congregation
LRO / UC = Russian Bethel
FEMC = Federal list of extremist materials
CA = Administrative Centre (Russian Bethel)