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Spokane Witnesses decry ban

Spokane-area Jehovah’s Witnesses decried the Russian Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to ban the religion from operating anywhere in the country, after the court accepted a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.

The court ordered the closure of the group’s Russia headquarters and its 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of its property Thursday.

“It is disheartening obviously to see a decision like that, because we are not an extremist group,” said Doug Hardy, a spokesman for Spokane-area Witnesses.

He said Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses aren’t doing anything different than Spokane-area Witnesses when they practice their faith/Eli Francovich, SR. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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