Currently, Jehovah's Witnesses are banned from meeting or preaching in Russia due to accusations of religious extremism. Jehovah's Witnesses are known for being pacifists (they refuse military service, strive to be politically neutral, oppose violence, and practice religious tolerance). This makes me wonder how the Russian Federation defines "extremism."
I've heard that Russia's laws regarding religious extremism are fairly ambiguous, and aren't strictly designed for preventing terrorism. What exactly are those laws, and how are they being applied in the case of Jehovah's Witnesses?
Update: The United States has recently published the following statement on Jehovah's Witnesses: "Desist from targeting Jehovah’s Witnesses with ‘anti-extremism’ laws and forced conscription."
Update 2: The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of Jehovah's Witnesses on June 7th, 2022 and made the subsequent statement in a press release: "The court found that the definition of ‘extremism’ was overly broad in Russian law and had been misused for the prosecution of believers or religious ministers on the basis of the content of their beliefs alone."