On June 13, 2019, a panel of three judges from the Oryol Regional Court upheld the sentence of the lower court, in which Sergey Skrynnikov was heavily fined for his faith.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has categorically condemned the arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses and demanded that Russia immediately free the worshippers. We publish the whole document in Russian.
German Commissioner for Global Freedom of Religion Voices Concern Over Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia
On May 24, 2019, Markus Grübel, the German Commissioner for Global Freedom of Religion, spoke in connection with the fact that the Russian appellate court upheld the sentence of Dennis Christensen.
For the first time, Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova drew attention to the unjustified criminal prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses, and also pointed out the root of the problem.
In the morning of June 11, 2019, in the towns of Unecha and Novozybkov (Bryansk Region), law enforcement officers raided the homes of local residents suspected of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Letters of support to Dennis Christensen can be sent to the Penal Colony #3 in the Kursk Region.
On June 5, 2019, in Ussuriysk, local resident Sergey Melnikov, 46, was arrested and sent to a detention center for two months. This becomes at least the seventh criminal case against Jehovah's Witnesses in the Primorye Territory.
On the morning of June 10, 2019, Ruslan Alyev, 32, was detained for 48 hours at his home in Rostov-on-Don. A few hours later it was learned that Semen Baybak, 22, also was detained. A criminal case targeting their faith was initiated.