Russia has banned Jehovah’s Witnesses after the Supreme Court ruled them to be an extremist group.
The Ministry of Justice applied for an order to shut down its national HQ near St Petersburg.
“The Supreme Court has ruled to sustain the claim of Russia’s ministry of justice and deem the ‘Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia’ organisation extremist, eliminate it and ban its activity in Russia,” said judge Yuri Ivanenko.
“The property of the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization is to be confiscated to the state revenue.”
The administrative center, which has 175,000 members, had been suspended in March of ‘extremist activity.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses website was blocked in Russia two years ago in Russia over alleged extremism.
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