Participants attend a hearing on the justice ministry request to ban the Jehovah’s Witnesses at Russia’s Supreme Court in Moscow on April 20, 2017.
Russia’s Supreme Court on April 20 issued a ruling banning Jehovah’s Witnesses after finding the group to be extremist. / AFP PHOTO / Vasily MAXIMOV

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The Jehovah’s Witnesses say a court in Russia’s Far East has handed a suspended six-year prison sentence to one of its members amid what activists call an escalating campaign of persecution of the religious group.

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