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by Artem Ponomarev
RAPSI, 15 April 2016
The Supreme Court of the Russian federation refused to recognize the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses of the city of Tiumen as extremist and as subject to liquidation, a RAPSI correspondent reports on Friday from the courtroom.
Thus the Russian Supreme Court ruled to overturn last year's decision of the Tiumen provincial court.
During the judicial proceedings, representatives of the defense frequently declared that the motion of the prosecutor's office should not be granted and drew conclusions about the partiality in the liquidation of said organization by the administrative plaintiffs in the person of law enforcement agencies.
In the opinion of representatives of the Jehovah's Witnesses, this organization, in its more than century-long history, had managed to establish a worthy reputation and it is ready to take responsibility for its words.
In addition, the defense called the attention of the court to the fact that liquidation of a legal entity is in essence the supreme measure of punishment—"death by article."
A representative of the Jehovah's Witnesses pointed the court to the evident "fabrication" of the present case and to the fact that the plaintiff is forcing everybody "to believe the most incredible things."
The arguments of the prosecutor's office came down to this that all facts and circumstances challenged by the defense had been established and verified, having been given legal force by the decisions of the court of the first instance and there are no grounds for doubting their objectivity.
Thus the prosecutor asked for a rejection of the appeal of the defendant and to leave the decision of the Tiumen provincial court in force.
In 2015, the Tiumen provincial court granted the motion of the prosecutor's office for finding the Jehovah's Witnesses of the city of Tiumen to be an extremist organization and for its liquidation.
The aforesaid religious organization had previously also been held administratively responsible for the distribution of extremist materials. Thus in March 2015 the Lenin court of Tiumen subjected the Jehovah's Witnesses to an administrative fine of the sum of 50,000 rubles and confiscation of the forbidden literature.

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Veteran rights advocate supports Jehovah's Witnesses

by Lev Levinson
Grani.ru, 14 April 2016
The Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia received an official warning, signed on 2 March by a deputy prosecutor general of the RF. Viktor Grin characterized the activity of the Jehovah's Witnesses as "extremist" and he prescribes a two-month period for removal of all "violations." "Otherwise the center will be subject to liquidation," the press service of the Administrative Center reports.
The threat of liquidation is no longer to a separate local organization (of which there already are many examples) but to the entire community of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, by means of declaring their organization extremist. This places believers of this confession in a situation that is worse than it was in the years of the Khrushchev persecutions. At that time they were branded as "anti-state, anti-soviet, and a fanatical sect;" members of the community were held to account and were placed under continuous surveillance while their leaders and activists were subjected to forced exile. Under Stalin, there were no special repressions against that religious movement because they were subject to elimination along with other believers and the people as a whole. If the prosecutor general carries out the declaration and a court supports these insane demands, then any public confession by Jehovah's Witnesses of their faith, whether it be a meeting, a sermon, distribution of literature, or material mutual aid—all of this will become criminal activity on a whole mass of antiextremist articles of the Criminal Code and will place the believers in the very same situation that Jehovah's Witnesses were in in Hitler's Germany. And there they were in the same situation as the Jews.
"On the territory of the German reich, the course was taken of systematic destruction of Jehovah's Witnesses. In the early 1930s they numbered more than 20,000 persons. They were all declared enemies of the nation, state, and society and the teaching of this religious organizations was declared 'dangerous for the German race. . . .' In the years of Nazism, many, many thousands of believers wound up in concentration camps, and they were forced into hiding or escape from Europe" (I.M. Sovetov. "Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia: from Persecution to Recognition," Freedom of Conscience in Russia: Historical and Contemporary Aspects: Collection of Reports and Materials of District Academic Seminars and Conferences, 2002-2004. Moscow: Russian Association of Researchers of Religion, 2004. page 454)
It is safe to predict that after some time Jehovah's Witnesses will again receive in Russia certification as victims of political repressions. Many believers of the older generation have such certification, issued with the participation of that same prosecutor general's office. Including the coordinator of the Guidance Committee of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, Vasily Mikhailovich Kalin.
In the world there are more than 6 million "extremist" Jehovah's Witnesses. Everywhere they operate freely, except in such countries as Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and North Korea. Why is this one of the most peaceful Christian churches so hated by totalitarian regimes? In the first place, for their doctrinal pacifism—unconditional refusal of military service. Hanging over the Jehovah's Witnesses is the threat of persecution, the consequence of the militarization of Russian society. But it is just they, principled antimilitarists, who are protected by the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of refusing military service on the basis of religious confession and other worldview reasons. In the more than 10 years of the operation of the law on alternative service, it is Jehovah's Witnesses who have constituted the majority of those opting for civilian social service. Since appealing to membership in an extremist organization will be impossible, if it is deemed to be extremist followers of this religion will be threatened with prison again on this basis: for refusal to serve in the army. 




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Wonderful! Our prayers are answered.  Hopefully things get better for the brothers and sisters and maybe this is cut back on the harassment by officials, and perhaps the website will also be reinstated.  We'll keep praying for relief.  Jehovah is such a powerful force in behalf of his people and the truth.  Please keep us updated on things there.

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