Russia blacklists over 200 Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russian authorities have added over 200 Jehovah’s Witnesses to a register of extremists and terrorists, the organization said in a…

Russian authorities have added over 200 Jehovah’s Witnesses to a register of extremists and terrorists, the organization said in a statement Friday.

The latest move in a crackdown on the religious group effectively cuts the believers off from the country’s financial system, as being on list leads to one’s bank accounts being frozen and to severe restrictions on any financial transactions.

Russia officially banned Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017 and declared the group an extremist organization. The Kremlin has actively used vaguely worded extremism laws to crack down on opposition activists and religious minorities.