Moscow, Russia, Apr 21, 2017 / 19:01 pm
The Jehovah's Witnesses have been banned as an extremist group in a Thursday Supreme Court decision that observers feared signaled a further step back for religious liberty.
"For Jehovah's Witnesses, this is going to be a frightening time," Lorcan Price, ADF International legal counsel in Strasbourg, told CNA April 21.
"It effectively means that holding their beliefs and manifesting them is tantamount to a criminal act in Russia. They risk new levels of persecution by the Russian authorities."
Price saw the move as continuing the reversal of positive trends in post-Soviet Russia.