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Like with Scientology, Russia is doing it wrong with Jehovah’s Witnesses

[Danish JW Dennis Christensen escorted into a Russian courtroom. Credit: Mladen Antonov]

We find it interesting to write about the controversies of certain unusual groups. We investigate allegations of abuse by groups like Scientology and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

But that doesn’t mean we want to see any Scientologists or Jehovah’s Witnesses mistreated for their beliefs. That’s just right out.

And that’s why we have been highly critical of the way Vladimir Putin has messed with Scientologists in recent years, and the same goes for his treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In recent weeks, a few news stories popped up about Jehovah’s Witnesses being mistreated in Russia, and we thought we’d link to them to get your thoughts.

Newsweek: Jehovah’s Witnesses tortured with electric shocks and suffocation in Russia, church says


NPR: Jehovah’s Witnesses cling to faith despite arrests in Russia

National Review: Jehovah’s Witnesses are being persecuted in Russia


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 14, 2019 at 12:00

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Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He’s written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology’s harassment of Paulette Cooper titled ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ and more recently a compilation of his stories, ‘Battlefield Scientology.’ He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world, as well as other subjects such as Jehovah’s Witnesses. You can reach him by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT (Drop him a line if you’d like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.)


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