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  1. Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov (in Russian: Алекса́ндр Влади́мирович Конова́лов, born 9 June 1968) is a Russian lawyer and politician. Since May 2008, he is minister of justice. Early life and education Konovalov was born 9 June 1968 in Leningrad.[1]In 1992, he graduated from the law department of Saint Petersburg State University.[2] Career From 1992 to 2005 Konovalov served in Saint Petersburg prosecutor's office. From February to November 2005 he was the chief prosecutor of Bashkortostan. Since 14 November 2005, he has been President Vladimir Putin's plenipotentiary envoy to the Volga Federal District. In May 2008 he was appointed the minister of justice.[3]
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    source That is no excuse for the judicial execution the Russian state has just performed on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but it was a decision made at the top by the political, ecclesiastical and judicial elites, including the ROC’s Patriarch Kirill. It was not the state’s response to a nonexistent, utterly imaginary “popular will.” TRR source Anti-Missionary Law In Russia (Ministry of Justice Alexander Konovalov, received his theological education at Saint Tikhon Orthodox University)
  2. Pictured in 2016: The ailing matriarch - who turns 87 next week - and her attorneys were 'unprepared to go forward' with a full-blown trial on Tuesday, according to TMZ Video
  3. Youth bishopric of the Coptic Orthodox Church warned its congregation against activities of "Jehovah's Witnesses" in Egypt. It added in a statement that Jehovah's Witnesses is a non-Christian sect that was founded in American and doesn’t believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. source
  4. Rev Dr Giles Fraser BBC Radio 4 UK This documentary was created by non-witnesses Channel News 4. Yes Jehovah's name and his organization is getting known and publicized through out the world..
  5. Через несколько часов после того как Верховный суд России огласил решение о ликвидации центра Свидетелей Иеговы, поздно вечером 20 апреля 2017 года, группа мужчин подъехала на 2 легковых автомобилях к крупнейшему богослужебному зданию Свидетелей Иеговы в Санкт-Петербурге, расположенному на Коломяжском проспекте. Они заблокировали машинами выход из здания. Один из приехавших, выкрикивая оскорбления в адрес религии Свидетелей Иеговы и угрозы физической расправой, забросал фасад здания, включая стеклянные двери и окна, заранее приготовленными булыжниками. Богослужебному зданию нанесен существенный ущерб. Подобное развитие событий прогнозировали выступавшие в суде адвокаты. Немного ранее в тот день, выступая в прениях, Максим Новаков, представляющий центр Свидетелей Иеговы, предсказал, что суд может спровоцировать волну насилия против Свидетелей: от порчи имущества до нападений на верующих на почве религиозной ненависти. Это неизбежные последствия того, что мирных людей безосновательно причисляют к опасным преступникам. 25 апреля 2017 г.
  6. The Supreme Court’s decision was the largest ban on the activities of a religious movement since the disintegration of the Soviet Union Russia's Supreme Court judge Yuri Ivanenko reads the decision to brand the Jehovah's Witnesses an extremist organization in Russia MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Classifying Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization in Russia could trigger a great amout of backlash from EU members and the United States where its activities are allowed, Russian religious studies scholar and leading research fellow of the Center for Religion and Society Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Europe, Roman Lunkin, said in an interview with TASS. Situation forecast "After the Supreme Court ruling, Russia will appear in all reports on religious freedom as a country violating this freedom. Besides, this decision will be condemned by all Western countries. The Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling can become a symbol of violating the right to religious freedom," he noted. Commenting on the religious organization’s plans to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the expert indicated that the court’s decision is unlikely to affect its fate. "I am sure that, if Jehovah’s Witnesses files a petition with the European court, it will make a decision in favor of the believers," he contended. Lunkin recalled that Russia pays fines on the court’s ruling, but "there is no mechanism to review the cases in which the ECHR overturned the original verdicts. "That’s why, in my opinion, the ECHR decision and outrage by international institutions are unlikely to affect the organization’s fate in Russia," he emphasized. When asked about the organization’s future activities, Lunkin noted that changing its name is impossible. "Proceeding from hard-line ideology, no rebranding is possible. There will be no change of image or (the organization’s) name. After a ban practically all believers, and there are more than 100,000 of them, will turn themselves into members of illegal religious groups," he noted, adding that the Supreme Court’s decision was the largest ban on the activities of a religious movement since the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Court ruling On Thursday, Russia’s Supreme Court declared Jehovah’s Witnesses to be an extremist organization and outlawed its activity throughout Russia, thereby upholding the Justice Ministry’s requests. The court ordered the immediate shutdown of all 395 local chapters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and transferred the organization’s assets into state custody. Jehovah’s Witnesses said it would appeal the decision. The organization’s spokesman said if the appellate panel of Supreme Court judges upheld Thursday’s verdict, the case would be taken to the European Court of Human Rights. Jehovah’s Witnesses is an international religious organization that supports offbeat views on the essence of the Christian faith and provides special interpretations of many commonly accepted notions. In Russia, it had 21 local chapters but three of them were shut down for extremism. TASS
  7. 20 апреля Верховный суд России признал религиозное течение "Свидетели Иеговы" экстремистским и запретил его в России. Таким образом Россия присоединилась к перечню стран, где "Свидетели" уже запрещены – к Китаю, Северной Корее, Таджикистану, Саудовской Аравии, Ирану. Все имущество организации будет передано в собственность государства, а за продолжение миссионерской деятельности членам религиозной группы грозит уголовная статья. Корреспондент Настоящего Времени встретился с членами "Свидетелей Иеговы" и расспросил их, как они собираются жить после запрета организации в РФ. ***** Игорь Смирнов до крещения в "Свидетели" был атеистом. Сейчас, по его словам, он во всех аспектах жизни (как жить и как воспитывать детей) ориентируется на святых апостолов. Игорь говорит, что Библия учит миролюбию и любви к ближнему, а к запрету "Свидетелей" относится философски. "Ну, запретили организацию. Но убеждения человека не запретишь, – говорит он. – Если я верю, что нужно жить по Библии, проявлять любовь к ближнему, вести высоконравственный образ жизни, то как можно мне запретить это делать? Тем более, это мое конституционное право – читать Библию, как индивидуально, так и совместно. И делиться своими убеждениями". Минюст РФ в своем судебном иске с требованием запрета организации в частности ссылался на брошюру "Свидетелей" с призывами к отказу от переливания крови. Члены организации считают эти обвинения надуманными. "Нельзя сказать, что есть прямой запрет на переливание крови, то есть слово "запрещено". Нет, – подчеркивает свидетель Иеговы Ксения Зорьян. – Но в деяниях святых апостолов прямо говорится: "воздерживаться от удавленины, блуда и крови". Но почему то Минюст не задается вопросом: почему это "Свидетели Иеговы" отказываются от блуда? За это нас не признают экстремистами, но считают нас высоконравственными людьми, да?" Члены организации говорят, что признание в экстремизме "Свидетелей Иеговы" – абсурдно, так как экстремизм противоречит их учению. К тому же, согласно 28-й статье Конституции РФ, каждый имеет право верить или не верить в Бога, собираться с единоверцами и делиться своими убеждениями с другими. Это были два главных аргумента адвоката "Свидетелей Иеговы" на судебном процессе в Верховном Суде. Но прислушаться к ним суд не захотел. Делиться убеждениями, то есть распространять учение и специальную религиозную литературу – действительно миссия каждого члена организации. С этой целью они ходят по квартирам и обращаются к прохожим на улицах. И это сильно пугает российские власти. А еще их пугает то, что "Свидетели Иеговы" отказываются от военной службы, не участвуют в выборах, не признают государственной символики и не отмечают государственные праздники. "Это агрессивная экстремистская организация, которая в общем обманом завлекает людей, наших граждан, делает их бесполезными для нашего общества, – описывает "Свидетелей" Роман Силантьев, член экспертного совета по государственной религиоведческой экспертизе при Минюсте России, профессор МГЛУ. – Подобного рода вещи, когда берут нормального человека и делают из него врага своего общества и государства, конечно, у государства радости не вызывает. Особенно, когда это делает секта американского происхождения, жестко завязанная на США". История "Свидетелей" началась в 1870 году в США, а штаб-квартира организации находится в штате Нью-Йорк. Именно оттуда по миру пошли первые миссионеры с проповедями и оттуда до сих пор происходит направление деятельности местных филиалов. В России религиозная организация "Свидетели Иеговы" была зарегистрирована в 1991 году. Сейчас она объединяет 395 местных религиозных организаций. "Но считать их проамериканскими носителями американской государственности и контроля над миром – неправильно", – возражает Силантьеву Борис Кнорре, российский религиовед, доцент НИУ-ВШЭ, доцент Высшей школы европейских культур РГГУ. Тем не менее Силантьев замечает, что за последние 20 лет на последователей "Свидетелей" в России все равно поступило много жалоб, а также были заведены уголовные и административные дела – за экстремизм, разжигание межрелигиозной розни и распространение литературы, которая была признана экстремистской. "У нас почему то многие считают, что если они ничего не взрывают – это организация хорошая, – замечает Силантьев. – Но экстремисты тем и отличаются от террористов, что ничего не взрывают. Они в основном предпочитают вербальную агрессию". "Все террористы когда то были экстремистами", – подчеркивает он. Адвокат "Свидетелей" Виктор Женков критикует также решение Верховного суда изъять собственность организации в пользу государства и считает его не просто незаконным, но беспрецедентным. Он подчеркивает, что речь идет о богослужебных зданиях, большинство которых верующие арендовали или построили на собственные средства. "Вряд ли государство разбогатеет от этого. На самом деле это простые очень скромные богослужебные здания, которые по стоимости не могут конкурировать с храмами некоторых религиозных организаций в России, – настаивает Женков. – Скорее всего цель Минюста при конфискации этого имущества заключается в том, чтобы не дать верующим возможность вместе собираться для того, чтобы изучать Библию". Video
  8. Judge denies Lillelid killer's reduced sentence request GREENEVILLE, TENN. - One of the six people who pleaded guilty to the 1997 murder of three members of the Lillelid family is trying to get her life sentence reduced. Karen Howell was 17-years-old when a chance meeting at a Greene County rest stop between the Jehovah's Witness family and six young people who were fleeing their lives in Kentucky led to the shooting deaths of Vidar, Delphina, and 6-year-old Tabitha. 2-year-old Peter was seriously injured, but survived. Prosecutors called the suspects devil worshipers and a cult. All six agreed to a plea deal in exchange for life in prison. Judge Alex Pearson begins petition hearing for Karen Howell. On Friday, attorneys for Howell went to a Greene County courtroom arguing to reopen her post conviction petition. They believe a recent Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences against juveniles are unconstitutional should be taken into account. Defense Council Jim Thomas. "The law concerning juveniles has changed very dramatically since 1998, and we are trying to take advantage of the change in the law, that's what it boils down too," said Jim Thomas, Defense Council. A judge denied that petition, but the defense said they plan to appeal. "I think it would be relevant to show what Karen has done over the course of the past twenty years in prison," said Thomas. "To show she has been rehabilitated." Greene County Judge Alex Pearson felt the sentencing had been justly given by Judge Beckner in 1998. Greene County Judge Alex Pearson He even took time to read from the original sentencing transcript. Records showed Howell had filed a similar petition in 2013 that had the same outcome. "Judge Beckner had the ability if he so chose to sentence her to life with parole, but he chose not to, so all those things the defense says the court should consider, he did consider," explained District Attorney General Dan Armstrong. Armstrong and his team plan to fight any future appeals for Howell and others. "We will do everything in our power to make sure the sentences those defendants received are upheld and in effect and they never walk the streets again, " said Armstrong. . In March, Howell and co-defendant Crystal Sturgill wrote letters to the media asking for forgiveness. In her letter, Howell expressed regret for the killings, but denies she took part. She blamed her "poor choices" on her troubled life and youth, and said she was scared of the 14-year-old they all claim pulled the trigger. "I was simply a screwed-up kid with poor coping skills and an inability to process or deal with stressful situations. This was the most frightening and stressful situation of my 17 year old life, so naturally I didn't deal with it the way a "healthy" or "normal" kid MIGHT have," she wrote. Peter Lillelid, the only survivor of his family's murder in 1997, has grown into a happy and healthy young man. After his family was killed at a Greene County rest stop in 1997, he was raised by his fathe's family in Sweden. (Photo: Submitted) The now 37-year-old also wrote, "I've grown up so much in prison. And even though it's been 20 years my heart still weeps for the heartache that family and friends had to endure, and my tears still fall for the victims of the crime." "I don't believe that I deserve to die in prison for murder. I never thought or ever wanted or intended that someone would die. That's never been who I was, then or now. In my own heart I have never stopped hoping and believing that maybe one day I'll have the chance of walking out of prison. Even on days when my hope feels lost, my faith still remains." To read Howell's entire letter, along with Sturgill's, click here. 10News has a crew in the courtroom and will update this story with more information on the hearing. No date has been set for Crystal Sturgill's appeal for post-conviction relief. Video
  9. Debra Sarjeant, the wife of murder victim Charleston Sarjeant, placed flowers on her husband's casket at Oak Lawn Cemetery as their three children looked on. Charlie had each come to the United States with their families at age 5, Debra from Trinidad and Charlie from Barbados. Both grew up Jehovah’s Witnesses. They started dating when Debra was in 10th grade, and they married in 1986, when she was 18 and he was 20. By the spring of 1992, they were in Dorchester raising three children, ages 5, 3, and 1. source
  10. Ronald Reagan gave his 'evil empire' speech in 1983. Thank you, Vladimir Putin, for reminding Americans who you really are. Thank you for demonstrating anew - in case there were any of us naive enough to believe that your country and our country are not so different - that, in fact, Russia and the United States are fundamentally different. And thank you for the fresh evidence that -- although some people foolishly underestimated him and others just as foolishly idolized him - the late President Ronald Reagan was onto something when he called your country "the evil empire." Because you are evil. Despite the come-apart of the Soviet Union in the 1990s and some early indications back then that Russians would embrace democratic principles, your country is still repressive and authoritarian. Like the USSR of days gone by, it brutally punishes people for expressing anti-government beliefs. (And, of course, we've noticed that from time to time, you yourself like to have troublesome dissidents murdered.) In the past year, we've seen your government meddle in other countries' elections and we've come to understand that "meddle" is a euphemism for your wicked intent to manipulate governments and populations worldwide. Now we're seeing religious persecution, Russian style, and it as ugly and evil as it ever was. As you know, in recent days your government has banned Jehovah's Witnesses and criminalized their worship practices. The government can now seize their buildings and assets. They are forbidden to hold services or conduct door-to-door evangelizing. Their literature is deemed "extremist." People who ignore this ban will face fines of several thousand dollars and up to 10 years in prison. In our country, Mr. Putin, freedom of religion is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. We cherish it, but we also take it for granted. Sometimes, when we're being intellectually lazy, we assume that it's a value shared worldwide. The more you persecute people for their religious beliefs, the more determined they will become. Then the Russian government bans an entire religion, and we remember that it's not. I am not a Jehovah's Witness. I've never been to one of their services or done an extensive study of their beliefs. Like many American believers, I assume that I know more about other faiths than I actually do. But this I do know, sir, and you should know it as well: The more you persecute people for their religious beliefs -- the more you declare them seditionists and extremists and a threat to public order -- the more determined they will become. A certain number of them will be frightened and intimidated, but a core group will resist you every day, in every way they can, for as long as they draw breath. If you seize their buildings, then they will worship in one another's homes. If you ban their literature, then they will produce more, and if they can't produce more, then they'll share their beliefs verbally. If you say they cannot evangelize publicly, then they will evangelize privately, one-on-one, regardless of the risk of being outed. And the more you remind your countrymen that Jehovah's Witnesses' headquarters are in the United States, the more the Witnesses may remind you that the kingdom of the God they worship is not of this world. Truth is, Mr. Putin, the Russia of the 21st century is in many ways the Soviet Union of the 20th century. We need to have a politically useful and globally practical relationship with your country, but we don't need to forget that you are not us and we are not you. Remember the adage that says a leopard can't change its spots? Your country is that leopard, Mr. Putin, and you haven't changed a bit. By the way, if you're interested in reading that particular adage in full, you'll find it in the Old Testament, in the 13th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah. If you don't happen to have a Bible handy, ask a local Jehovah's Witness. I imagine he or she will be happy to share. By Frances Coleman from Kurt source
  11. The Russian Supreme Court formally banned Jehovah's Witnesses on Thursday, labeling the group an extremist organization. The religious group in Russia will now be forced to dissolve. The decision equates Russia's 175,000 Jehovah's Witnesses to terrorist groups like the Islamic State, and makes it illegal for congregations to meet or distribute literature. The court refused the group's earlier appeals to recognize the organization as victims of political repression, and declined to hear testimony from witnesses who claimed that the Russian police have falsified evidence against regional religious groups. Russia's Justice Ministry asked the Supreme Court to ban the organization on March 17, after formally warning the group's headquarters in near St. Petersburg to halt “all extremist activity.” Prosecutors later expanded the case to all 396 registered Jehovah's Witnesses organizations across the country. The Islamic State and al-Qaeda are terrorist groups banned in Russia. Source Russian court bans 'extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses Russian court bans Jehovah's Witnesses, rules group is extremist: agencies BREAKING: Russia Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses Russia Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses INDIAN EXPRESS Russia bans Jehovah's Witnesses after supreme court rules Christian sect 'extremists' INDEPENDENT Russia Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses WORLD BULLETIN Russia bans Jehovah's Witnesses as 'extremist' group ITV REPORT Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia POLITICAL NEWS Russian Supreme Court Deems Jehovah's Witnesses Extremist RADIO FREE EUROPE Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia Associated Press
  12. МОСКВА, 20 апреля. /ТАСС/. Верховный суд РФ признал "Свидетелей Иеговы" экстремистской организацией, ликвидировал и запретил ее деятельность на территории страны. Таким образом были удовлетворены исковые требования Минюста РФ. Также суд обратил имущество организации в доход государства. В самой организации заявили, что будут обжаловать это решение. Подробнее на ТАСС: