AfrikMag – 18th December 2018
Russia: Vladimir Putin denounces the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to investigate the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Russia officially banned the Christian denomination last year and said the religious group was an extremist organization. Nearly 100 Jehovah’s Witnesses face charges in Russia, and 25 of them are in jail awaiting trial.
Last week, human rights activists spoke about the fate of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Vladimir Putin, who criticized the accusations of extremism against followers of the religion as “absurd” and promised to review the cases pending before the courts. His remarks were published by the Kremlin on Monday.
Before the ban, the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses had about 170,000 adherents in Russia.
The ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses follows the growing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. Orthodox Christianity has become the official de facto religion.
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