Armed forces upheld the elimination of the «Jehovah’s Witnesses» in the city of Cherkessk

© Fotolia / robypangyБиблия Jehovah’s WitnessesArmed forces upheld the elimination of the «Jehovah’s Witnesses» in the city of Cherkessk© Fotolia / robypangy

The Supreme court upheld the decision on recognition of the organization «Jehovah’s Witnesses» of the city of Cherkessk extremist and its liquidation, the correspondent of RIA Novosti news from the courtroom.

«The judicial Board decided: the decision of the Supreme court of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic dated February 10, which satisfied the administrative claim of the Prosecutor on the recognition of «Jehovah’s Witnesses» of the city of Cherkessk extremist organization, its liquidation and the treatment of real property in the form of land and buildings the property of the state, to leave without changes», — announced the decision of the judge.

Thus, the court dismissed the appeal of the organization, and the court’s decision on its liquidation has come into legal force.

According to the Prosecutor’s office of Karachay-Cherkessia, the reason for the requirement about elimination of the local «Jehovah’s Witnesses» were the materials of checks of execution of the legislation on countering extremist activities.

The Prosecutor’s office of the region brought the organization to administrative responsibility under article 20.29 of the administrative code for distribution of banned literature and the subsequent continuation of its illegal extremist activities.

«Jehovah’s witnesses» is an international religious organization with headquarters in Brooklyn (new York). As reported on the website of Jehovah’s witnesses, «Witnesses» exist in Russia more than 100 years. Since 2004, the courts were closed a number of communities and local offices, «Jehovah’s Witnesses» in the regions — the Belgorod, Samara, Rostov and Orel oblasts and other constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

In addition, the Supreme court in April declared extremist the head office of «Jehovah’s Witnesses» in Russia — «administrative centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses», also recognizing it as an extremist. This decision has not yet entered into force.