Jehovahs Witnesses banned by Russian court as extremist organisation, ordered to disband

Russia's Supreme Court has ruled that Jehovah's Witnesses were an "extremist" organisation and must disband and hand over all property to the state.

Key points:

  • A spokesman for Russia's Jehovah's Witnesses says they will appeal the decision
  • Russian Orthodox scholars view Jehovah's Witnesses as a "totalitarian sect"
  • They are known for their rejection of military service and blood transfusions

The religious grouping confirmed the ruling about its "liquidation" in Russia.

"We are greatly disappointed by this development and deeply concerned about how this will affect our religious activity," Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a spokesman for Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, said in emailed comments.

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