Jehovah’s Witnesses lost control over a $31.8 million real estate complex

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Have Property Seized

The Jehovah’s Witnesses religious group lost control over a $31.8 million real estate complex in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday after the city’s court upheld a lower court’s decision that the property should be seized by the government.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses had appealed the lower court’s decision to confiscate the sprawling administrative complex, arguing that one of the group’s U.S. corporations is the legal owner.

“The original ruling by the Sestroretskiy District Court in December 2017 ignored evidence that the Witnesses’ office is owned by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (WTPA), a nonprofit corporation based in the United States,” the organization said in a statement.

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