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Jehovah’s Witness audio clip offers a message of support for followers.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses gave an official response to the Russian ruling banning the organization from operation in Russia. Calling the ruling a “blatant disregard” for protecting religious freedom, the organization condemned the decision by the Russian Supreme Court.

The audio response mentioned the risk of the 175,000 Witnesses practicing in Russia. WRN has reported on the rise of violence against Jehovah’s Witnesses since the ban ruling in April. An exclusive WRN interview stated that the central organization has seen historical patterns of legal rulings becoming justifications for violence and government inaction.

JW.org is asking believers across the world to “pray that the Russian government will reconsider its position and respect fundamental human rights so that the Witnesses can ‘go on leading a calm and quiet life with complete godly devotion,’ as stated at 1 Timothy 2:2.”

The next step will be an appeal in The European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee. The date for that appeal has not been set.

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