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    Court Confirms Decision to Ban Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, Here's Why

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    The court confirmed the legality of its previous decision to ban Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia.

    With this move, the Russian Supreme Court rejected the organization's appeal against the previous court's decision to recognize Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization and put an end to its activity in Russia.

    According to reports, the property of the organization will be confiscated in favor of the state, and all its activities in the country will be prohibited. If adherents of Jehovah's Witnesses fail to comply with the court decision, they will face criminal proceedings, reports say.

    Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Justice applied for an order to shut down the organization's national headquarters near St. Petersburg. The Ministry, among other things, slammed the organization for its attitude towards blood transfusions.

    Ministry of Justice representative Svetlana Basharova cited the case of a sick child (whose parents were members of the Jehovah's Witnesses community) whose parents forbade doctors from carrying out required medical intervention, referring to the fact that it goes against their religious views.

    "Specialists carried out an examination of Jehovah's Witnesses' information brochures and came to the conclusion that this information poses a threat to human health," Basharova told Sputnik. The movement was assessed as "generating a threat to the interests of society and public security."

    In March, the activities of the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia — the largest Jehovah's Witnesses group in the country, with some 175,000 adherents, were suspended by the authorities.

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