A statement dated April 7th posted on JW.org indicates that Russia is moving to implement a total ban on the the work of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including the confiscation of the branch property, known as the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
For a few years the city of Moscow has been suppressing Jehovah’s Witnesses. But a nationwide ban would set Jehovah’s Witnesses back to the days of Stalin’s USSR and the Siberian gulags.
According to the Watchtower’s press release “Russian authorities have been increasingly hostile to Jehovah’s Witnesses largely due to what has been described as the government’s symbiotic relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church.”
What is noteworthy about this development is that if the NGO known as the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia is shut down due to the political influence of the Russian Orthodox Church, it would presumably call into question the Watchtower’s long-held assertion that since 1919 Babylon the Great no longer wields power over God’s people.