Navalny backers see cautionary tale in Russian raids on Jehovah’s Witnesses

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:33:56 GMT 3

Navalny backers see cautionary tale in Russian raids on Jehovah’s Witnesses


Analysis: members of religious group declared extremist in 2017 have faced arrests, surveillance and prison

The decision by a Moscow court to declare Alexei Navalny’s nationwide political organisation as “extremist” adds the group to a list associated with terrorist organisations such as al-Qaida and Islamic State.

But for a guide to how Russia could treat Navalny’s supporters, a better example is the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a non-violent religious group that has felt the full extent of Russia’s law on extremism.

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