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2009: Russian court ruling declares Jehovah’s Witnesses’s literature as “extremist”

May 29, 2017

In February, investigators inspected the headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in St. Petersburg, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported. More than 70,000 pages of documents were confiscated for the General Prosecutor’s Office, according to Russia’s Sova Center of Information and Analysis, which monitors hate crimes and the enforcement of anti-extremist laws.
In 2009, the Supreme Court of Russia upheld a lower court ruling that declared 34 pieces of Jehovah’s Witnesses literature as “extremist,” including their magazine The Watchtower in Russian.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses has around 175,000 followers in Russia. The religious community first legally registered as a religious group in Russia in 1991 and re-registered in 1999.

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