An appeal against a ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia has been set by the country’s Supreme Court for July 17.
The liquidation of the Christian denomination’s 395 local religious chapters in the country was put in place by Russia’s justice ministry in March and upheld by the country’s Supreme Court on April 20.
Reese, told that it represented the “paranoia” in the Russian government.
After receiving the court’s written decision, the group launched an appeal a month later.
Related: Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia: Danish Citizen Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison After Bible Reading The Supreme Court accepted the justice ministry’s verdict that Jehovah’s Witnesses violated Russia’s anti-extremism law, putting it into the same category as organizations like the Islamic State group (ISIS).
Screenshots of the alleged attack on Hunters, as well as a press release, have been collated together on Dropbox here.
Hunters devs say the app, which they claim is used by more than 1.2 million people worldwide, allows gay men not only to seek casual hook-ups, but to also find serious dates, homes, friends and jobs.
The developers are keen to play down possible concerns that financial information might have been exposed by the attack.
"No users’ financial details were compromised during this attack, as this information is reliably protected by Google and Apple," an update to Hunters' original statement explains.Among the arguments used in the court hearing were that Jehovah’s Witnesses' belief in refusing blood transfusions made it extremist.That stance has been credited with encouraging doctors to develop less risky alternatives to using blood.A mobile dating app which is popular among Russia's gay community has reportedly been hacked and blocked in the country just days before the Black Sea coastal town of Sochi plays host to the Winter Olympics.Russian users of Hunters, a hook-up app that's similar to Grindr, were also sent threats that a controversial new Russian law banning so-called "gay propaganda" signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last July would be used to arrest them, according to the chief exec of the developer, Dmitry T.We asked the developers to explain this apparent discrepancy.