The Supreme Court of Russia has banned Jehovah’s Witnesses from the country, describing the group as an extremist organisation.
Four witnesses who where ex members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, stated their account to the court, that they were brainwashed by the church against receiving higher education or starting a family.
Another witness from St. Petersburg, Natalia Koretskaya, who had been a member of the organization from 1995-2009, told the court that;
“The heads of the Jehovah’s Witnesses formally watch canonical compliance with the norms but in real fact the talk is about total control of an individual’s personal life – his intimate life, education and work.”
“Therefore, a person turns out to be expelled into the outer world, in which he has already forgotten how to live over the years of his stay in the organisation,” Koretskaya added.
Justice Yury Ivanenko in his verdict said Russia had decided to close down “the administrative centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the local organisations in its fold and turn their property over to the Russian Federation.”