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    Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW


    More than half of law enforcement raids against Jehovah's Witnesses have taken place in the past 12 months.

    1/10/20
    Russian authorities have ramped up the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country in the past 12 months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. The religious group estimates that 313 people have been charged or convicted since Russia’s Supreme Court banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses as an “extremist” organization in 2017. Eighteen worshipers were convicted in 2019 with sentences ranging from large fines to imprisonment, the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia said in a year-end summary. Nine received prison sentences between two and six years. Last year, authorities carried out 489 of at least 778 raids on members since 2017, the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia said. “Russian authorities should release detained Jehovah’s Witnesses immediately, drop any outstanding charges, expunge all related criminal records and halt their persecution,” HRW said in a statement. It said most of the targeted Jehovah’s Witnesses are middle-aged men, though at least 39 women, including one as old as 89 years, have faced charges.

    Authorities have planted people to photograph and film Jehovah’s Witnesses meetings, footage that was later used as evidence against the worshipers, two lawyers who represent the group told HRW. Some worshipers reported feeling psychological pressure when armed men showed up at their door and said they had to endure hours of searches in their homes. In most cases, HRW said Russian law enforcement showed search warrants, those detained were granted access to lawyers and most refused to give self-incriminating evidence during interrogations. Rights groups have condemned the crackdown against the Christian denomination as a violation of religious freedom. The April 2017 ban forced 395 branches across Russia to shut down and at least 5,000 worshipers to flee the country, according to media reports. The Jehovah’s Witnesses group estimates that it has about 170,000 followers in Russia.
    The JW sect in Russia does not believe in military conscription/service and receives funding from its headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York. (thus also regarded as a "Foreign Agent" organization)


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    Re: Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW


    More than half of law enforcement raids against Jehovah's Witnesses have taken place in the past 12 months.



    The JW sect in Russia does not believe in military conscription/service and receives funding from its headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York. (thus also regarded as a "Foreign Agent" organization)
    The Jehova's Witnesses suffered under Nazism and Stalinism for similar reasons. But I am sure many here will still sneer at them for being a "cult."
    It’s in the small things that the rot starts. Do the wrong thing once, it’s easier to do it again. Do the individualistic thing once, it is easy to do it again.

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    Re: Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    The Jehova's Witnesses suffered under Nazism and Stalinism for similar reasons. But I am sure many here will still sneer at them for being a "cult."
    To me, all religions are a cult, so I go with the Kremlin's failure to do military duty rationale.


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    Re: Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    To me, all religions are a cult, so I go with the Kremlin's failure to do military duty rationale.
    While I am in a similar position, to me, the Jehovah's Witnesses are no different than other conscientious objectors. No one should be pressed into military service to kill their fellow human beings if it is against their conscience, whether for religious reasons or other reasons. And certainly no one should be forced to serve in the tyrannical Russian military.
    It’s in the small things that the rot starts. Do the wrong thing once, it’s easier to do it again. Do the individualistic thing once, it is easy to do it again.

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    Re: Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    While I am in a similar position, to me, the Jehovah's Witnesses are no different than other conscientious objectors. No one should be pressed into military service to kill their fellow human beings if it is against their conscience, whether for religious reasons or other reasons. And certainly no one should be forced to serve in the tyrannical Russian military.
    I wonder if they would have treated Desmond Doss worse.

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    Re: Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    The Jehova's Witnesses suffered under Nazism and Stalinism for similar reasons. But I am sure many here will still sneer at them for being a "cult."
    well yes they are a cult yes they are not above hurting their members and former members to keep them in line and the faith has them eagerly awaiting the time that all the non believers will be dead and they inherit the earth


    its still horrible if russia mistreats them if only because it encourages the abuse of other people

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    Re: Russia ‘Escalating’ Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown – HRW

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    While I am in a similar position, to me, the Jehovah's Witnesses are no different than other conscientious objectors. No one should be pressed into military service to kill their fellow human beings if it is against their conscience, whether for religious reasons or other reasons. And certainly no one should be forced to serve in the tyrannical Russian military.
    Agreed. I can't even imagine the hazing they would be subject to in the Russian military.


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