Russia persecutes Jehovah’s Witnesses

You might have been so busy watching North Korea weapons testing or the rise of fascism in France to have noticed that in Russia the Supreme Court has suppressed the group and confiscated all of its property.

Definition of persecution for Students

  1. the act of continually treating in a cruel and harmful way

  2. the state of being continually treated in a cruel and harmful way

Since 2004 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia have been treated like a fundamentalist group. Their meeting places called Kingdom Halls, have repeatedly been raided, members have been imprisoned for refusing military service, and the ministry of justice has sued to have them declared an extremist organisation. If the group can’t overturn the recent Supreme Court ruling all their Kingdom Halls will become property of the Russian state.

Kingdom Hall
There are roughly 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide and currently 175,000 members of the organisation in Russia. The persecution of this religious group is for some reason not making huge headlines though is being reported, for example on the BBC.

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