Pressure mounts on President Donald Trump to take action against Russia over a ban placed on the religious organization by the country’s Supreme Court.
There were earlier reports that Trump has warned the Russian government to reverse its decision as he ‘would use the country’s own constitution against them”.
Jared Kushner, who doubles as Trump’s in-law and Senior Advisor to the President is known to be a very good business associate of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Steven Scott, a political analyst said the Jehovah’s Witnesses “have a friend with the president’s ear” and as such, Jared Kushner would persuade the presidency to act on Russia’s decision.
In a video News Update by the organization’s body, Watchtower Bible and Tracts Society, which was later deleted, Jared Kushner confirmed being one of the new owners of the Brooklyn Buildings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
It is currently not clear why the video was deleted from the organization’s website but many have suggested that Kushner’s ascension to a political office could be the reason as Jehovah’s Witnesses remain politically neutral.
A source close to the White House has hinted that Kushner is mounting pressure on his in-law [Donald Trump] as he [Kushner] would be chairing a committee to “pressure and take action against Russia” until it lifts the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses.
“Probably Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia could seek asylum in the United States if it doesn’t work out” – the source said.
Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on April 20, 2017 that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization should be closed down and no longer allowed to operate legally in Russia, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling, which affects more than 100,000 Jehovah’s Witness worshippers across Russia, is a serious breach of Russia’s obligations to respect and protect religious freedom.
Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky court has rejected a lawsuit filed by the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious group against the Justice Ministry’s ruling on banning its activity in Russia, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom.
The organization asked the court to recognize the Justice Ministry’s ruling as illegal and order its cancellation. “The court decided to reject the lawsuit of the religious organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center in Russia,” Judge Nelli Rubtsova said.