Before the ban, the world headquarters of Jehovah
's Witnesses claimed about 170,000 adherents in Russia.--AP
The court in the city of Oryol on Wednesday found Christiansen guilty after a long trial, his lawyer, his wife and a representative for the Jehovah
's Witnesses told Reuters.
While many non-followers will have met and spoken to Jehovah
's Witnesses as they hand out leaflets on streets or knock on doors to explain and encourage more to join the faith, some of their beliefs may come as a surprise.
James' parents, former teachers who are not Jehovah
's Witnesses themselves, were there to see their son being baptised into the faith he began studying as a student studying robotics at Bath University.
Her sister in law, now a Witness, comes from a Punjabi family in Birmingham, attends a Welsh medium congregation in north Wales and will also go to the Punjabi Jehovah
's Witness convention in her home city later this month.
"People throughout the country mistakenly believed that the Supreme Court had said that the Jehovah
's Witnesses were traitors," said Shawn Francis Peters, author of the book Judging Jehovah
's Witnesses: Religious Persecution and the Dawn of the Rights Revolution.
In a statement, the Jehovah
's Witnesses said "any suggestion that Jehovah
's Witnesses covered up child abuse was absolutely false".
As a Christian myself, formerly a Church of England member and now a Jehovah
's Witness of 42 years, I would like to exercise a right of reply to Mrs Dunn.
We spoke to Inderpal Sangha, who has been a Jehovah
's Witness since 1980, as the group prepared to take part in a 2017 Convention at the Ricoh Arena.
In a statement after the ruling, Jehovah
's Witnesses spokesman Yaroslav Sivulsky blasted the ruling.
There are over (https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/2017-yearbook/worldwide-preaching-teaching/) eight million Jehovah
's Witnesses in 240 countries worldwide.
"Branch offices of Jehovah
's Witnesses in other parts of the world now share in the printing of Bibles and Bible-based literature, which was once exclusively done in Brooklyn ...