I suspect that as with all things, mileage will probably vary. For some people, expulsion and the loss of their family, their friends and their good name might be inconsequential and for others, not so much.
I agree whole heartedly especially for those that were born in and know nothing else, the price could be high. Again, though, i want to make a distinction, one that your example allows for...
Even the JW faith itself seems to recognize social pressure as coercion, at least when it's convenient for them to do so.
You then cited a relevant quote regarding the catholic priesthood/celibacy as well as a dress code at work. Im a HUGE fan of hanging the org from their own petard. I often say we need not ever exagerate the facts since the facts alone hang the org everyday....
but thats a bit of a fallacy here. I dont agree with the orgs reasoning and therefore wont apply it back to them.
One has a choice to be a catholic priest or not and one knows the relevant details in advance. You may not fully realize the difficulty in staying celibate forever. You may feel pressured to stay celibate once you’ve taken your vows. It dosent negate your choice. You can still have sex, you can leave the priesthood (tens of thousands have through the centuries).
The same for a dress code at work. The choice isnt negated. There is a dress code at my job, both company mandated and federal safety. Everyday when i get up i have a choice. I can either dress as required or not. Over my long career i have, many many times, not followed part or even all of the dress code. On rare occasions i have been sanctioned as a result. And yet every day when i get up i have the choice to follow all, part or even none of it. Its always my choice.
But let me digress back to the underlying uncomfortable truth: most days when i get up and get dressed for work i choose to follow the dress code. I like my job (more or less) and so i play by the rules. The uncomfortable aspect for us at times, is that most jw’s LIKE their religion, more or less. The WANT to play by the rules. We may not agree, we may understand that they are deluded and lied to and that most of their religious policies are based on garbage... but that dosent negate their choice to believe it and accept it.
When we talk about children dying the courts should be involved, be it russian or otherwise. Let the kids grow up and then decide. But when we are talking about adults we can and should educate but i will always be against enforcing a view.
And lets not put russia on the high ground here. This is simply putin playing nice with the orthadox church. He isnt some paragon of virtue trying to ‘do the right thing’.