Jehovah's Witnesses file complaint against publication distribution ban
MOSCOW, May 6 – RAPSI, Alyona Yegorova. Jehovah's Witnesses filed a complaint against the courts’ decision to ban the distribution of several publications in Russia.
In October 2010, the Moscow Regional Commercial Court upheld the order of Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. The order revoked Jehovah's Witnesses’ license to distribute their magazines.
The Federal Service reported that the license was revoked in accordance with the verdicts of Russian courts, which ruled that some of the publications were extremist. These publications were included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials.
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which distribute the publications, appealed against the Federal Service’s order.
In June 2010, the European Court of Human Rights declared illegal the decision of the Russian court to dissolve the religious community of Jehovah's Witnesses in Moscow and ordered Russia to pay 70,000 euros in compensation to those affected.