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Jehovah's Witnesses in the Media

Translation: Медиазона – 22nd August 2018

Медиазона – 22nd August 2018

Over 200 followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses from Russia have asked for asylum in Finland, some of them were refused

More than 200 followers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious movement, banned as extremist in Russia, have sought asylum in Finland, the local Aamulehti newspaper writes ; on the publication drew the attention of “Medusa”.

According to the representative of the Finnish Immigration Service Juha Simil, 10 requests were already considered, for the most part of those who applied were refused; These decisions were appealed on appeal. In one of these cases, the decision of the migration service was approved.

According to Simil, about a hundred followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses came to Finland from Russia last year.

The report mentions that, according to the Finnish authorities, “there is no systematic persecution of all Jehovah’s Witnesses” in Russia.

In April 2017, the Supreme Court recognized an extremist organization and banned the “Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses”, and with it about four hundred regional communities. Since the spring of this year, law enforcement officers have been searching and arresting followers of the organization from Omsk , Krasnoyarsk , Birobidzhan , Orenburg , Kemerovo , Penza , Elizovo and other cities. Memorial recognized 29 followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses as political prisoners.

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