Religious freedom has been under increasing scrutiny in Russia in recent years.
Russia has banned the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses after a decision by its Supreme Court branded them ‘extremist’.
The decision was made after a six-day hearing and the organisation says it will appeal.
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Religious freedom has been under increasing scrutiny in Russia in recent years. Missionary activity by evangelical Christians has been cracked down upon, with a recent law seeking to curtail evangelism. Again, the cover used to limit freedom of religion in this case was anti-terrorism.
The Forum 18 news service says that even if the Jehovah’s Witnesses appeal is successful, there is great concern over the status of religious minorities. ‘The Administrative Centre has 30 days to appeal to a three-person panel at the Supreme Court, but Jehovah’s Witnesses say they anticipate serious problems, regardless of any pending appeal,’ it says.