From the author
I have been studying religion for more than 40 years, and I have only been able to study about 150 faiths in more or less detail. Of all the religious movements I have met in person or read about, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been of the greatest interest to me. I have been studying this religion since 1990. In 2002 I defended my doctoral dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on the characteristics of the ideology and activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. I continue my study of this denomination in the extraordinary circumstances that have arisen after the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to ban the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and all 395 local religious organizations of Jehovah’s Witnesses.