Moscow. March 17. INTERFAX – the Russian Supreme court in early April, will consider the claim of the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation on recognition of the Russian “Jehovah’s Witnesses” extremist organization and banning its activities on the territory of Russia, have informed on Friday “Interfax” the press service of the court.
“Consideration of administrative action of the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation on the recognition of religious organizations “Administrative center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia” extremist, banning its activities and liquidation scheduled for April 5,” – said the press service.
The meeting should begin at 10:00.
Meanwhile themselves Jehovah’s witnesses claim that, “if the claim is satisfied, this will entail catastrophic consequences for religious freedom in Russia.”
Earlier in a press-service of Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation, “Interfax” reported that the lawsuit was filed after identified during the inspection violations of anti-extremist legislation.
“The Ministry of justice of Russia in the period from 8 to 27 February 2017 unscheduled documentary check of conformity of activities of religious organizations “Administrative center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia,” stated in its Charter purposes and tasks”, – stated in the message of press-service, received on Friday at the request of “Interfax”.
According to the Ministry, “the organization’s activities carried out with violations of the statutory goals and objectives, as well as the current legislation of the Russian Federation, including Federal law “On countering extremist activities”.
The organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses” regularly becomes the object of attention of Supervisory authorities in all regions of Russia, moreover, in a number of regions banned.
Earlier, the Russian Supreme court recognized lawful the decision on liquidation of the territorial offices of “Jehovah’s Witnesses” in Orel, Stary Oskol and Belgorod, Abinsk of Krasnodar Krai, Samara, Birobidzhan and other cities.
The local branch of the organization was repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility for distribution of extremist materials in Tyumen, Cherepovets, Samara, Saransk, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Gelendzhik, etc.