Here in the U.S. we're willing to recognize almost anything as a religion, but that's not the case in countries like Russia. If the JW's want to be recognized as a religion on human rights grounds, then I think they're going to have to start behaving more like a religion (as in being fundamentally benevolent and charitable) and less like a group that abuses the whole concept of human rights.
This opposition between the US and "countries like Russia" (what are they? Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, China, Singapore, Syria?) is false. I think you know that JWs are fully recognized as a religion in countries like Austria, Hungary, Germany, France, Romania, Spain, UK, even Belarus and Kazakhstan, not only in America. They can freely practice their religion in almost all states (including all democratic and almost all developed) with exception of some Muslim, Socialist and post-Soviet ones. And there are only two countries that incarcerate people merely for being active Witnesses - Eritrea (where it is common to detain people for years without charges) and Russia. Even in Singapore, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan etc. it is not a crime to be a JW. In Russia, it is.
Again, in Russia (and "countries like Russia") appeals to freedom of religion are useless since Russian authorities and their pocket "courts" don't respect human rights at all.
So, that's not about different visions of religious freedom but about respecting it or not.
And Russian government doesn't dislike religion in general. Russian Orthodox Church is now like Communist Party in the Soviet Union - it is almost impossibly for government officials and people in similar positions and for state-controlled media (incl. all major TV channels) to criticize it. Doors of schools, universities, hospitals, Army barracks, and prisons are open for Orthodox priests (but not ministries of other religions), and many school, college, hospital etc. buildings were transferred to ROC. The Church is directly and indirectly sponsored by state. Finally, many staffers of the Church (believing in hypnosis and tithe in the org and JWs delivering data collected during D2D ministry to CIA) are "experts" in the field of religion for state security and law enforcement agencies. And that's all despite the fact that only very small percentage of the population (nearly 2-4%) are practicing Orthodox believers.