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Срочно. Konstantin Bazhenov, Born in Veliky Novgorod, Became the Second of Jehovah's Witnesses Penalized With Annulled Russian Citizenship.

Photo: Feliks Makhammadiyev

On May 8, 2020, it was learned that Russian citizenship of Saratov resident Feliks Makhammadiyev, who had suffered a brutal beating in a colony of Orenburg, was annulled after his 18 years of living legally in this country. In fact, Russia violates his fundamental right to citizenship, which is entrenched in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Due to the pandemic, the Khabarovsk Regional Court adjourned for an indefinite period a hearing on the appeal of believers Nikolay Polevodov and Stanislav Kim

Khabarovsk Territory

In Vladivostok, the prosecutor continues to challenge — this time the cassation court — the district court’s refusal to try Valentin Osadchuk and his six fellow believers

Primorye Territory

In Kabardino-Balkaria, ongoing searches in the homes of Maysky residents have so far resulted in at least three persons being taken for interrogation by security officials, despite quarantine in connection with COVID-19


In the Pervorechenskiy District Court of Vladivostok, hearings in the Dmitriy Barmakin case are ongoing. Defense indicates inadmissibility of evidence of guilt

Primorye Territory

In Lesozavodsk, authorities searched the homes of three more families of local believers. Earlier, a special services agent was talking with them, feigning interest in the Bible

Primorye Territory

The investigator puts pressure on Vitaliy Popov from Novosibirsk, obliging him to study about 5,000 pages of the criminal case in a week

Novosibirsk Region

Kamchatka Regional Court heard the appeal of spouses fined 650 thousand rubles for their faith, and tweaked the fine to 500 thousand

Kamchatka Territory

Update: In Lesozavodsk, Sergey Kobelev was released after being detained and interrogated 11 hours

Primorye Territory

In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Leninsky District Court of Penza suspended the proceedings in the case of Alushkin and others

Penza Region

“Imprisoned for Their Faith” infographic has been updated. It reflects the geography of arrests, their chronicle, the number of searches and much more

The prosecutor found inadmissible evidence in the Baranovskiy case, in Abakan, and returned the materials to the investigator for revision


How Does the International Community Consider the Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia?

Below are quotes from statements by Russian and foreign governmental, political, and public organizations condemning the repressions of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Russian Federation.