Russia Removing Religious Freedoms


Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

Anna G

In its constitution, Russia grants its citizens the freedom of religion (Sec 1. Chap. 2 Art. 28). However, these basic human rights have been shaken with the new restrictions and laws ordered by the Russian Government. The Yarovaya Law passed on June 24, prohibits the preaching, teaching, or evangelism of any religious beliefs outside of designated worship areas such as churches and sites of worship. A fine is laid upon anyone who breaks this law, or who knows of such a person and doesn’t report it. Within the month of April, Russia’s supreme court has banned the practice of Jehovah’s Witness. All of the churches and headquarters have been seized and liquidated by the government. There are currently about 170,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia