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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that the United States has added Russia to an index of countries for “serious violations of religious freedom” that could have economic policy consequences for the listed nations.

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Russia added to the list amid media reports ABC News, foreign policy and local media of the police to harass, detain and confiscate the property of the country Jehovah’s Witnesses, a branch of Christianity with roots in America

Supremacy was banned in Russia in 2017 for being “extremist” hundreds of worshipers According to reports, he has been in jail since then.

Russian officials also targeted Muslim minority group Blinken said on the pretense of investigating terrorist threats.

The secretary of state said Russia joins the list with countries noted as places of “special concern”, including North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Burma and China.

Congress is notified when countries are listed and economic measures can be implemented if other policy options are not closed.particularly serious violations“of religious freedom, according to the State Department.

This summer, the Biden administration warned US businesses against using content or services made by Uighurs in Xinjiang, China, where the government set up forced labor camps, warning that it would avoid sanctions preventing forced labor. is infringement.

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