RUSSIA’s Supreme Court has declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organisation and ordered the group to hand over its property to the state.
Today, the state’s Supreme Court granted the order, branding Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organisation.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to appeal the decision in the European Court of Human Rights, according to Russian news agencies.
Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah's Witnesses representative, told Interfax news agency: “We will do everything possible.”
Russian authorities have put several of the group's publications on a list of banned extremist literature.
Prosecutors have long cast the Christian group as an organisation that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.
The group, a United States-based Christian denomination known for its door-to-door preaching and rejection of military service and blood transfusions, says this description is false.