On December 8, 2009, the Russian Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision to shut down the Taganrog Jehovah's Witness congregation and ban the distribution of 34 Jehovah's Witness publications. Both the Jehovah's Witness congregation and the publications are "extremist," the Supreme Court said in its decision. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) later held that the ban had violated the congregation's rights to religious freedom under the European Convention on Human Rights.
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