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US Condemns Russia’s Decision to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses

The U.S. State Department is urging Russia to reconsider their new ban on the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Monday, the Russian Supreme Court rejected an appeal on an earlier ruling that labeled the group extremist, ordering the Christian denomination to disband immediately on Russian territory. The State Department called the court decision “the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia.”   It said, “Religious minorities should be able to enjoy freedom of religion and assembly without interference as guaranteed by the Russian Federation’s constitution.” The State Department…

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