Russian City Nixes Plans for Jehovah’s Witnesses Lecture Hall

Russian City Nixes Plans for Jehovah’s Witnesses Lecture Hall

(January 25, 2007)
A campaign organized by the local diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) succeeded in persuading the city administration of Dzherzhinsk, Russia (Nizhny Novgorod region) to not allocated land for the construction of a Jehovah’s Witnesses lecture hall, according to a January 24, 2007 report by the Sova Information-Analytical Center. Sova cited the web site of the local ROC diocese, which reported that it had organized a public gathering to influence the city government. At this gathering, a priest from the diocese and an “expert on sects” from Moscow gave speeches against the Witnesses, whom the diocese accused of attempting to disrupt the proceedings. The meeting ended with a resolution sent to the city government calling for the Witnesses’ request for a land parcel to be denied. This month, the city administration responded by ruling against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, whom are characterized on the diocese’s web site as a “totalitarian sect.”

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