Russia

Stacks of booklets distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses are seen during the court session on Dec. 16, 2010, in the Siberian town of Gorno-Altaysk, Russia. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alexandr Tyryshkin
Politics & Society News
Most recently, Russia banned Jehovah’s Witnesses, labeling them “extremist” and ordering the state to seize their properties.
Russia's Supreme Court judge Yuri Ivanenko reads the decision in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Politics & Society News
Associated PressApril 21, 2017
Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday banned Jehovah's Witnesses from operating anywhere in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP Photo)
Politics & Society Short Take
Rachel DenberApril 20, 2017
The violence is brutal, the cruelty extreme and the anti-gay hostility extremely virulent. ​​​​​​​
Politics & Society Podcasts
The EditorsMarch 16, 2017
“For all of our dissatisfaction with liberal order as Christians, those frustrations should not lead us to embrace the regime that is as ruthless at home as it is abroad, and fundamentally corrupt in so many ways.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in June 2015. (CNS photo/Maria Grazia Picciarella, pool)
Politics & Society Features
Sohrab AhmariMarch 14, 2017
Christianity faces a grave threat from globalization, but Vladimir Putin does not offer the right response.
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonMarch 14, 2017
Comparing the president to Putin, Hitler or the anti-Christ distracts from what is taking shape on the ground.