ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—On July 21, 2015, the Russian Federation banned jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses, making it a criminal offense to promote it from within the federation. Russia is the only country in the world to ban jw.org.
The ban became effective on July 21, 2015, when the Russian Federation Ministry of Justice added jw.org to the Federal List of Extremist Materials. Internet providers throughout Russia have blocked access to the website, and it is now a criminal offense to promote it from within the country.
As soon as Jehovah’s Witnesses learned of the district court’s ruling, they removed these publications from jw.org in Russia. The Tver Regional Court confirmed that the Witnesses were in compliance with Russian laws and rescinded the ban.
Russian Appellate Court Upholds Human Rights by Refusing to Ban JW.ORG. MP3. On January 22, 2014, a panel of three judges of the Tver Regional Court reversed the decision of a lower court to ban jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
JW.org is already banned in mainland China.
UPDATE: Attempt to Ban JW.ORG in Russia Fails www.jw.org. An appellate court ruling reverses the ban of jw.org throughout Russia. The judges recognize the jw.org website has benefits and complies with Russian laws.
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Seven months after the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation declared www.jw.org to be extremist, Russian authorities banned the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The ban became effective on July 21, 2015...
Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide are rejoicing over failure of the Vladimir Putin-led Russian Government to ban Jw.org, the principle website that the witnesses use in disseminating spiritual food to their Russian brothers and members of the international community.
Events Leading to the Ban on JW.ORG. Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia were unaware that authorities in the city of Tver had begun clandestine legal proceedings in 2013 to target the website.