Russia's justice ministry has called for a ban on the Jehovah's Witnesses, a Christian movement that diligently seeks converts and rejects military service, the BBC website reports today (March 18, 2017).
The ministry has asked Russia's supreme court to close the group's headquarters and stop its 175,000 Russian members from sharing "extremist" literature.
A spokesman for the Jehovah's Witnesses called the proposed ban "persecuting worshippers just for manifesting their faith." The predominant religion in Russia is the Greek Orthodox Christian faith.
According to the justice ministry, the Jehovah's Witnesses' activities "violate Russia's law on combating extremism."