Top Russian Court Bans Jehovah's Witnesses, Claiming 'Extremist Activities'

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Russia's Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah's Witness organization after the country's Justice Ministry requested the group be labeled "extremist" and have their operation dissolved, a Russian state news agency reports. As NPR has previously reported , the group's literature and website has been subject to bans in Russia and members have been arrested or had their property seized. But Thursday's ruling also means the sect's Russian assets – including its St. Petersburg headquarters and nearly 400 chapters — will become state property, according to the Tass news agenc y. The state-owned service adds, that the sect had been warned in October last year over "extremist activities." "Under Russian legislation the religious organization in question is to...

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