ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—Jehovah’s Witnesses won a major court victory on January 22, 2014, when an appellate court reversed a lower court’s ruling that banned jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses, throughout Russia.
The ban became effective on July 21, 2015, when the Russian Federation Ministry of Justice added jw.org to the Federal List of Extremist Materials.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—On July 21, 2015, the Russian Federation banned jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses, making it a criminal offense to promote it from within the federation. Russia is the only country in the world to ban jw.org.
The state-sponsored harassment and persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia had taken a sharp turn for the worse on August 7, 2013, when a lower court in Tver (located about 100 miles [160 km] northwest of Moscow) ruled to ban jw.org in a trial lasting only 25 minutes.
JW.org has issued a press release warning that it is due to be banned in Russia if Watchtower is unsuccessful in appealing a Russian court’s decision against the website.
World News Forum JW Section.
JW News, Encouragement, & Public Information. jw.org banned in Russia.
UPDATE: Attempt to Ban JW.ORG in Russia Fails www.jw.org. An appellate court ruling reverses the ban of jw.org throughout Russia. The judges recognize the jw.org website has benefits and complies with Russian laws.
Russia Bans JW.ORG, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Website Blocked.
Russian JW's have a better chance of drifting away from the watchtower cult. Out of sight, out of mind. :).