Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses and labels group as extremists


Russia’s supreme court has banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.The court ordered the closure of the group’s Russia headquarters and its 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of its property.The Interfax news agency on Thursday quoted justice ministry attorney Svetlana Borisova in court as saying that the Jehovah’s Witnesses “pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security”.Borisova also said Jehovah’s Witnesses’ opposition to blood transfusions violates Russian healthcare laws.(guardian)…[+]