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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Jehovah's Witnesses was an "extremist" organisation after the justice ministry applied for an order to shut down the group's national headquarters near St Petersburg, Russian news agencies reported.

Russian authorities have put several of the group's publications on a list of banned extremist literature, and prosecutors have long cast it as an organisation that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives, a description the organisation says is false.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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