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JULY 21, 2015

Customs Officials Block Bibles From Entering Russia

On July 14, 2015, Russian customs officials took an unprecedented step against Jehovah’s Witnesses by denying importation of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, published by the Witnesses in the Russian language. Since March 2015, Russian authorities have stopped all shipments of the Witnesses’ religious publications, even though none of the literature intended for import is banned in Russia. The blocking of shipments of literature along with the recent ban of their official website,, is an ominous development that curtails freedom of worship, speech, and the press.