The aftermath of the recent Russian Supreme Court ruling on the Jehovah's Witnesses (mentioned earlier on the blog here) is beginning. There have been several reports of increased persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, including -- as reported here -- children as targets.
The Jehovah's Witnesses have themselves released a document that lists abuses since the ban (here). Some of the events include police raids on in-home private religious gatherings, arson, and loss of jobs.
We would classify these developments as increases in government regulation, social regulation, and religious violence. They demonstrate how a change in government rules go beyond the strict confines of the new laws but can also lead to other increased tensions with society. The new laws have created an environment where educational leaders and community members have the confidence that their own punishing of Jehovah's witnesses will not be punished.