2017-07-25 10:00:00

Almost 80% of Russians approve of Jehovah's Witnesses ban in country poll

Moscow, July 25, Interfax - Most Russians know little about Jehovah's Witnesses (JW), a religious organization, but support the ban on its operation in their country, Levada-Center told Interfax.

Thus, 49% see JW as a Christian sect; 15%, as a separate religious denomination; and 5%, as a branch of Protestantism.

One in five (20%) heard nothing about the organization, according to the findings of a poll of 1,600 respondents in 137 Russian cities and towns on June 23-26.

Thirteen per cent are aware of the Russian ban on JW; 34% heard something but no details; and 50% are unaware of the ban.

Meanwhile, a majority (79%) approve of the court ban on JW; 12% disapprove; and one in ten (9%) could not answer.

On April 20 the Russian Supreme Court declared Jehovah's Witnesses an extremist organization, and banned its operation on Russian territory.