Jehovah’s Witnesses Outlawed in Russia

Country: Russia

Date of incident: April 21, 2017

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Governmental



The Russian Supreme Court has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses are an “extremist” religious group and therefore they have outlawed them. A Jehovah’s Witnesses spokesperson has stated that the group is “greatly disappointed by this development and deeply concerned about how this will affect our religious activity”. A spokesman of a Russian Baptist Evangelical union had defined the de-legalisation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses as an “unreasonable and dangerous step.” The Ministry of Justice “is beginning to distinguish between proper and improper believers. What will prevent these same officials tomorrow from condemning, say, the Evangelical Christians-Baptists, (Orthodox) Old Believers or Catholics? I think this approach is fundamentally wrong”, Vitaly Vlasenko, of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists said.

The Jehovah’s witnesses have previously been banned. However that ban was lifted in 1991. 

This ruling is of concern for other religious groups in Russia.

Source: Evangelical Focus