RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witnesses to be liquidated?

Russia appears to be moving to close the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ headquarters as “extremist”. If this happens, all 406 registered local organisations and over 2,500 religious groups would be highly likely also to be liquidated, ending Jehovah’s Witness open public communal life in Russia.

Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office appears to be moving to liquidate the Jehovah’s Witness headquarters body as “extremist”. It appears to believe that it already has enough evidence to seek its liquidation because courts have in the past year liquidated local branches and punished individual community members. The assertion comes in a 27 January order shown to Jehovah’s Witnesses but which they were not allowed to copy.