Athanasius> The sad thing about this potential ban on JWs in Russia, is that the Watchtower will play this up to draw attention away from their child abuse scandal.
I know what you mean, but this doesn´t have to be sad at all. When such a news item pops up in the media, often optional and related news items pop up as well. A domino effect leading to TTATT is possible. Wouldn´t WT make themselves more suspicious if someone finds out about this one-sided news coverage?