2019-02-21 17:53:00

Putin awaiting Supreme Court conclusions on freedom of conscience, religious organizations law violations

Moscow, February 21, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the Supreme Court until July 1 to summarize judicial practices relating to violations of the law on the freedom of conscience, religion and on religious organizations.

A list of his instructions was approved following a Civil Society and Human Rights Council meeting on December 11, 2018.

"To recommend that the Russian Federation Supreme Court work towards summarizing the judicial practice of court hearings of cases of the violation of the laws on the freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and on religious organizations," a document on the Kremlin website said.

The report's deadline is July 1, 2019.

At the meeting, Putin promised to analyze, together with the Supreme Court, how the law applies to the issue of religious missionaries in Russia.

Religious representatives should not be classified as members of terror and destructive organizations, Putin told the campaigners, noting the need to investigate this issue.

He was commenting on campaigners' remarks that an overwhelming majority on the list of organizations involved with extremism and terrorism were to do with the Jehovah's Witnesses, which is banned in Russia.