Photo: Sergey Skrynnikov

Sergey Skrynnikov has been found guilty and was fined 350,000 rubles. This ruling was announced on April 1, 2019, by the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Oryol.

FSB Declares a Resident of Crimea Extremist for Beliefs

On March 26, 2019, the Federal Security Service charged Artem Gerasimov with organizing extremist activities. Another one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Taras Kuzyo, is a suspect in this case. Both men were released after being interrogated.

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In Kirov, Only Andrzej Oniszczuk Left in Detention Center

The Pervomaysky District Court of Kirov on March 28, 2019,  refused investigators’ request to extend the term of Yevgeny Suvorkov’s detention.

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Arkhangelsk Court Seizes Cars of Witness Family

On February 28, 2019, the Lomonosovsky District Court of Arkhangelsk ordered the seizure of two cars of the Yakku family. The court session was attended only by the judge and the prosecutor.

Sergey Skrynnikov—Who Is He?

Mr. Skrynnikov is the second of Jehovah's Witnesses in the city of Oryol caught in the millstones of persecution for his faith. What helps him not to give up? What was his way to faith? What is his reaction to criminal prosecution? 

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The Full Transcript of the Last Word of Sergey Skrynnikov Is Available in Russian

Earlier, Prosecutor asked the court to impose a three-year prison sentence, alleging “participation in the activities of an extremist organization."

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Searches, Seizures, Fear Tactics in Chelyabinsk Region

On March 26, 2019, in the town of Yemanzhelinsk, 10 men wearing masks and carrying assault weapons and a sledge hammer (for breaking through the door) came to the apartment of local Witnesses in order to conduct a search.

New Searches and Detentions in Kirov

On the morning of March 26, 2019, a wave of new searches began in Kirov in the homes of citizens thought to be Jehovah's Witnesses. It is known there were searches in at least 10 apartments. Several people were  detained.

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