2017-07-18 00:00:00

Russian Supreme Court refuses to invalidate ban imposed on Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

Moscow, July 18, Interfax - The Supreme Court of Russia on Monday found legal the earlier court ruling that recognized the Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia as an extremist group, banned their activities and ordered dissolution of their organization in the country, an Interfax correspondent reported.

"The decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of April 20, 2017, which accommodates the request from the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on the liquidation of the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia has been left unchanged and the appeal dismissed," the board of appeals of the Russian Supreme Court said in its decision.

Thus, the organization's liquidation has taken legal effect.

The Russian branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses intends to seek the cancellation of the ruling to abolish their organization in Russia and the recognition of the national courts' rulings as violation of the rights of believers, lawyer Viktor Zhenkov representing the Jehovah's Witnesses Administrative Center in Russia told Interfax.

"The final point has not yet been made in this issue, because the Supreme Court violated norms not only of the Russian legislation, but also the international one, therefore, we will appeal with the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) against this ruling," Zhenkov told Interfax.