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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Jehovah’s Witnesses Broke Law on Extremism: Ministry of Justice


On Thursday, at a session of the Supreme Court, a Ministry of Justice (Minyust RF) official said (providing documentary evidence):

Checks found that the organisation is in breach of the law on resistance to extremism. In particular, their religious literature forbids blood transfusion for its members in defiance of a doctor’s recommendation. The Jehovah’s Witnesses insist on their own exclusiveness, which also contradicts the law on resistance to extremist activity. Courts of law repeatedly warned the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but it took none of the required measures to eliminate the violations.

Minyust RF Demands Outlawing Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Minyust RF believes that we must outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses and confiscate its properties, including that of all 395 regional chapters. The Minyust RF representative said:

In view of the threat posed by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Minyust RF asks [the court] to declare it extremist and ban its activity.

In its lawsuit, the Minyust RF mentioned a variety of violations, including those of the federal law on resistance to extremist activities. Jehovah’s Witnesses spokesman Ivan Bilenko told us:

We find this affair very worrisome, because the decision may affect 175,000 believers. We’re prepared to press for our rights in any court.

On 12 October 2016, a court in Moscow warned the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Centre about extremist activities. If they failed to eliminate the exposed violations within the established deadlines, or if new evidence of extremist activities surfaced, the court would close them down. On 16 January 2017, the Moscow City Court upheld the warning about extremist activities.

6 April 2017




Putin sez US strikes Against Syria an Act of Aggression Against a Sovereign Country


On Friday, D S Peskov, President Putin’s media contact, told reporters:

President Putin considers the US strikes against Syria an act of aggression against a sovereign country violating the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that. The Syrian army has no stockpiles of chemical weapons. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a UN department, registered and confirmed the fact that Syria eliminated all chemical weapons stockpiles. Putin believes that the total disregard for the use of chemical weapons by terrorists only exacerbates the situation significantly. Putin also sees the strikes on Syria by the USA as an attempt to divert the attention of the international community from numerous civilian casualties in Iraq. Washington’s move substantially impairs Russian-US relations, which are in a deplorable state as it is. Furthermore, most importantly, Putin believes that this step doesn’t bring us closer to the ultimate goal in the fight against international terrorism. On the contrary, it creates serious obstacles to efforts in forging an international coalition to fight against it and effectively counter this global evil. By the way, US President Trump proclaimed this as one of the key objectives during his election campaign.

7 April 2017



“Our Country has ‘Gone Off the Rails’”


Dear Friends!

Our country has “gone off the rails”, sliding into economic chaos. Furthermore, it’s growing at a rapid pace. My friends continue to go about the villages in Kherson Oblast. This time, they went to the villages of Shkurinovka and Zagoryanovka. They told me:

In these villages, the pensioners are virtually the only ones left. In the last three years, almost all the young people moved out. There’s only one grocery store open in Shkurinovka. Besides that, they have a shortage of medicines, and they haven’t seen a doctor, pharmacist, or ambulance in the past three years. The villagers themselves have to take care of the sick. Agriculture is dead. This spring, they delivered less seed, so they had to plant fewer crops. People don’t know where to sell their produce, as the markets just aren’t there. Fuel, spare parts, and other consumer goods are no longer available to the villagers. However, they paint the bus-stops for in yellow-blue colours regularly, to cover the nasty graffiti that people write about Poroshenko and the present régime, including the local lot in Kherson. Hatred is growing.

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

8 April 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko


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