Spokane-area Jehovah’s Witnesses protesting Russian decision to label group an extremist organization

Spokane-area Jehovah’s Witnesses are mailing letters to Russian government officials, including President Vladimir Putin, in protest of an attempt to label the Russian arm of their church an extremist organization.

“This is not the first time we’ve engaged in letter writing campaigns,” said Doug Hardy, a spokesman for Spokane-area Witnesses.

Russia’s Justice Ministry filed a case with the Supreme Court to declare the administrative center for Russia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization on March 15.