“Jehovah’s witnesses” challenged the recognition of their extremists

Yaroslav Sivulsky

“Jehovah’s witnesses” filed an appeal challenging the decision of the Supreme court (SC) of Russia on the recognition of the organisation extremist and its liquidation on the territory of the country. On Monday, may 29, reports “Interfax” with reference to the representative of the “Witnesses” Yaroslav sivulskogo.

The exact date of consideration of complaints is still unknown, but our lawyers suggest that this will happen at the end of the summer.

“We are surprised by the decision of the Supreme court, as it did not consider the arguments by the defense and just stood on the side of the Ministry of justice, not considering that the facts of the claim was not substantiated during the hearing before the Supreme court. It was obvious to all who were present [at the meeting],” said Sivulsky.

The decision of the SC on the recognition of “Jehovah’s Witnesses” extremist organization and banning of the activities of all 395 offices was adopted on 20 APR. Representatives of religious movements expressed readiness to appeal and, if necessary, to reach the European court of human rights (ECHR).

“Witnesses iegovy” — the international religious movement Protestant with headquarters in new York. In 2015, there were about eight million followers, of them in Russia — about 175 thousand. Claims in some States they call for principled rejection of blood transfusions and military service.