Latest Jehovah's Witnesses News

Woman accused of damaging Jehovah’s Witnesses worship place

Feb. 15, 2020 7:21 PM EST

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — Police have arrested a woman suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a place of worship for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Maryland, according to court records. Heather Meisel, 43, was charged Friday after she told investigators that she damaged the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's...

In this undated handout photo released by jw-russia.org, Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena pose for a photo in Kamchatka region, Far East, Russia. A court in Kamchatka on Friday. Feb. 14, 2020 sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena to fines of 350,000 and 300,000 rubles ($5,500 and $4,700) for engaging in extremist activities related to them being Jehovah's Witnesses. Russia officially banned Jehovah's Witnesses in 2017 and declared the group an extremist organization. Crackdown on the group has intensified since then. (jw-russia.org via AP)

Jehovah's Witnesses report convictions, torture in Russia

Feb. 14, 2020 6:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported being tortured in custody, the religious group said Friday. A court in Kamchatka on Friday sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena to fines of 350,000 and 300,000 rubles...

Russia blacklists over 200 Jehovah's Witnesses

Feb. 7, 2020 4:41 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — 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...

Russia convicts 2 Jehovah's Witnesses amid crackdown

Feb. 4, 2020 12:57 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Russia's eastern Siberia on Tuesday convicted two Jehovah's Witnesses of extremism because of their membership in the religious group, the latest in a wave of crackdown on the organization. Stanislav Kim and Nikolay Polevodov were handed suspended sentences of two years, the group...

3 Jehovah's Witnesses convicted in Russia amid crackdown

Jan. 27, 2020 12:18 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has convicted three adherents of the Jehovah's Witnesses of participating in a religion banned for extremism, the latest move against the denomination. Russia banned the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2017 and since then has convicted 24 members, nine of whom are imprisoned; 27 others...

Russian court imposes fines on 2 Jehovah's Witnesses

Jan. 24, 2020 9:03 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in northern Russia on Friday fined two Jehovah's Witnesses convicted of extremism related to their membership of the religious group, Russian media reported citing court filings. Roman Markin and Victor Trofimov were fined the equivalent of $4,850 and $5,600 for “carrying out...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, the iconic Watchtower sign is seen on the roof of 25-30 Columbia Heights, then world headquarters of the Jehovah's Witnesses, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a $35 million judgment against the Jehovah's Witnesses for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities. The state's high court said in a 7-0 decision Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that the church is not required to report because its doctrine requires that clergy keep reports of child abuse confidential. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Court reverses $35M verdict against Jehovah's Witnesses

Jan. 8, 2020 10:08 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a $35 million judgment against the Jehovah's Witnesses for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities. Montana law requires officials, including clergy, to report child abuse to state authorities when there is reasonable cause...