Russian Ban of Jehovah's Witnesses

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Russian Ban of Jehovah's Witnesses

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Jehovah's Witneses in Russia a facing an imminent ban which would criminalize all of Jehovah's Witnessses in the country as "extremists". Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide are presently conducting a letter writing campaign to protest this injustice.
CLATIFICATION 2020: Since the ban of the Watchtower Society was eventually passed in April 2017 thread is specifically to discuss the actual charges mentioned in the State procesution papers and the subseqent arrests under the specific charges under Article 282.2 (1) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (RF Criminal Code) of EXTREMISM in Russia.

What is your opinion of this move? Should Jehovah's Witnesses be banned from meeting to pray, read their bibles and sing spiritual songs together?

Do you think such a move could be envisioned elsewhere?

If you are non-religious, would you welcome such measures as a move to ultimately eliminate organized religion? ... at-of-ban/
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Re: Russian Ban of Jehovah's Witnesses

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Russia has a long history of alternating periods of westernizing and slavophile governments. Putin is a confirmed slavophile and seeks to "restore" Russia's culture. The attack on Jehovah's Witnesses is a key part of that program. Minority religions, if they are regionalized, seem less threatening; hence relative tolerance to Catholics in Ukraine (when it was part of the Soviet Union) and of Muslims in the southern provinces and republics of the old Soviet state. It's when a new religion makes inroads in traditionally Orthodox areas that the slavophiles become fearful and hostile.

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