Jehovah’s Witnesses follower from Asha fined 25,000 rubles

Dostup (31.05.2017) – – A resident of Asha (Cheliabinsk province) was fined 25,000 rubles (400 EUR) for missionary activity in the name of the religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is prohibited in Russia, a correspondent of the news agency Dostup reports.

According to information of the district prosecutor’s office, a man was found guilty on the basis of part 4 of article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (conducting missionary activity with violation of the requirements of legislation on freedom of conscience and religious confession and on religious associations).

It was reported earlier that a resident of Asha conducted missionary activity since May 2016: twice a week, on strictly established days, he gathered in his residence on Vavilov St. people for joint reading of prayers and discussion of biblical commandments and convictions of the religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, with distribution of informational brochures.

The monitoring agency notes that all this occurred without the appropriate notification about the start of activity of a religious group on the territory of the Asha district. In addition, in accordance with federal law, the conduct of missionary activity in residences is not permitted.

We recall, on 20 April 2017 the Russian Supreme Court found the activity of the “Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia” to be extremist and it ordered to liquidate it, converting the property into state income, and to ban its activity on the territory of the country.  (tr. by PDS, posted 31 May 2017)


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