Jehovah's Witnesses are presecuted in Russia. On par with the IS and other terroristic groups. It happened when the anti-extremism laws were extended to non-violent groups.
I don't believe that Russia actually cares for the well-being of their citizens with this move and probably merely a law to stop other political forces (and the jws are one in a way, since their gather authority over large groups of people and also have their own political and judicial institutiona), but are they right about it anyway?
I think the JWs are extremists for sure and even though they stay non-violent, they sure pose real psychological danger to those who come under their influence. They also try to gain political power over people all over the world.
So the category can be right. I don't agree on the way it is carried out. You can't stop a religious cult by force, except by imprison almost every single person who believes in it. cults are structured in a way that they need an enemy to unite their people. It reassures JW's that their believe is correct, just as with other extremist groups. That's why the WatchTower loves reporting it over and over with many heartbreaking emotional details and wrongings to create more hate towards the enemy they need.
Also most JW's are mostly just victims, who needs help instead of presecution. Things get worse when its handled loke in Russia. Knowledge and education is the better tool. I know for sure I was a victim, when I was dub and I feel sorry for Russian JW's being presecuted for things Rutherford created and not even understanding why, since they feel they're just "good christians".
What do you think?