DONBAS: Donetsk: Jehovah’s Witnesses banned

By Felix Corley | Forum 18

The Supreme Court of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic banned Jehovah’s Witnesses on 26 September, a decision that cannot be challenged. Jehovah’s Witness activity “in any form” would face criminal punishment, the General Prosecutor’s Office announced. Convictions could lead to a maximum eight-year jail term.

On 26 September, the Supreme Court of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, an unrecognised entity in eastern Ukraine, banned Jehovah’s Witnesses entirely. The ban – which cannot be challenged – followed several Supreme Court decisions declaring their literature and international website “extremist”.

The General Prosecutor’s Office announced on its website the same day that any future activity by Jehovah’s Witnesses “in any form” would face punishment under the Criminal Code. “Organising an extremist organisation” and “organising the activity of an extremist organisation” are both punishable by up to an eight-year jail term (see below).

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