Friday, May 04, 2018

Russian Court Allows Seizure of Jehovah's Witness Property

Newsweek reports that a city court in St. Petersburg, Russia yesterday upheld a Sestroretskiy District Court's ruling allowing the Russian government to seize a $31.8 million Jehovah's Witness real estate complex.  The seizure comes a year after Jehovah's Witnesses were declared an extremist organization by Russia's Supreme Court. (See prior posting.)  In yesterday's ruling, the St. Petersburg court rejected the argument that the group's administrative buildings are owned by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society based in the United States.