Forum18 reports that the Jehovah's Witnesses have prevailed in their court action against Russia for human rights violations before the European Court for Human Rights. Read the full decision here.
That even a group as widely unpopular as the witnesses can find favor in Europe is proof positive of how low Russia really has sunk under the stewardship of that malignant little troll Vladimir Putin (and and even surer sign is that the Kremlin appears to be afraid of these wackos and feels the need to harass them -- how pathetic and neo-Soviet can you get?):
Russian Jehovah's Witnesses are "very glad" about a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that Russian authorities unlawfully interrupted the worship of 103 predominately deaf Jehovah's Witnesses in Chelyabinsk. Spokesperson Yaroslav Sivulsky told Forum 18 News Service that the ruling is also important because "deaf people in Russia often feel that they are of inferior worth, outside society, but this has made them feel rehabilitated and aware that their rights are respected." He regretted that the case had not been resolved within Russia. Both parties in the case have three months in which to appeal against the ECHR decision. The community currently rents premises for worship without obstruction. Following another ECHR ruling that Russia had violated the rights of the Salvation Army's Moscow branch by refusing to give it legal status and by branding it a "militarised organisation", the judgement became final on 5 January 2007 and so Russia must make its compensation payment to the Salvation Army by 5 April. There is also a pending ECHR case about a ban on the Jehovah's Witness organisation in Moscow.
Responding to the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, in favour of 103 predominately deaf Jehovah's Witnesses in Chelyabinsk (approximately 1,700km [1,050 miles] east of Moscow), their press spokesperson Yaroslav Sivulsky has told Forum 18 News Service that the community's members are "very glad, of course." This, he remarked on 16 January, is not just because the ECHR has determined that the authorities unlawfully disrupted their worship. "Deaf people in Russia often feel that they are of inferior worth, outside society, but this has made them feel rehabilitated and aware that their rights are respected." Sivulsky regretted, however, that the case could not have been resolved within Russia.