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The Appeal Hearing in Christensen Case Be Held on May 7, 2019

Oryol Regional Court set a date for the appeal hearing against the verdict on Dennis Christensen, one of Jehovah's Witnesses from Denmark. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison because of his faith. The hearing will begin on May 7, 2019 in Oryol Regional Court, located at Oryol, Krasnoarmeyskaya str., 6.

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In Saratov, Detention for Three Witnesses Extended

On April 11, 2019, a Saratov court prolonged to one year the period of detention for Konstantin Bazhenov, Feliks Makhammadiyev and Aleksey Budenchuk. Their term will now expire June 12. The believers maintain a positive attitude despite unjust criminal persecution.

In Surgut, Both Jehovah's Witnesses Released from Detention

Sergey Loginov and Yevgeniy Fedin, who had been in detention in Surgut since February 15, were released on April 11, 2019. The court imposed a ban forbidding  them to leave the house at nighttime, to communicate with individuals involved in the case, or to use the mail, phone, and Internet.

In Orenburg, Investigator’s Petition for Toughening Preventive Measure for Two Believers Is Denied

On April 10, 2019, Orenburg Court refused to grant the petition of an investigator who wanted to block Vladimir Kochnev and Vladislav Kolbanov from leaving the house at nighttime. For now, they are prohibited from socializing with other people involved in the case, both by phone and via the Internet, and exchange emails.

Federal Security Service Hacks Accounts of Believers and Conducts Raids in Pskov Region

On April 3, 2019, in Porkhov, Pskov region, officers of the Federal Security Service (FSB) broke into the apartment of Sergey and Svetlana Komissarov. The security forces pushed the 52-year-old man to the floor, seized the mobile devices of the couple and their guests, and demanded that no record be made of the incident. A criminal case was opened.

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Searches and Criminal Case for Faith in Khakassia

April 10, 2019, in Abakan, armed law enforcement officers in masks invaded four houses of Witnesses. Criminal cases against Roman Baranovskiy and his mother, 68-year-old Valentina Baranovskaya, were opened.

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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.

A Large Fine Imposed on a Second Witness in Oryol

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.

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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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In Primorsky Territory, the Court Imprisons Two Witnesses

On March 19, 2019, a court decided to send two Jehovah’s Witnesses, Sergey Sergeyev, who is 63 years of age, and Yuriy Belosludtsev, both from the village of Luchegorsk, to a detention center.

ECHR Ends Interim Measures, but Continues Considering the Complaint on Torture

The European Court withdrew the urgent interim measures regarding one of Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut who complained of torture (such measures are usually imposed when there is a threat to the life of the applicant). However, the withdrawal does not mean that the ECHR recognized a failure to prove torture.

New Criminal Cases for Faith Along the Chinese Border

On March 21, 2019, at least five searches were carried out in the town of Zeya (Amur Region). A criminal case was initiated against Konstantin Moiseenko, 42.

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Searches and Criminal Case for Faith in Severodvinsk

On March 13, 2019, in Arkhangelsk Region, searches were carried out in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A criminal case was opened against Vladimir Teterin, 61, and Sergey Potilitsyn, 37.

Searches and Arrests for Faith in Crimea

At least six homes of local Jehovah's Witnesses were searched on March 20, 2019, in the Crimean towns of Yalta and Alupka. A criminal case has been initiated against believers. Several persons were detained for interrogation. 34-year-old Artyom Gerasimov was taken to the republican center city of Simferopol.

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Mass Searches in Homes of Witnesses in Magadan

The morning of March 20, 2019, for Jehovah's Witnesses in Magadan began with their homes being invaded by FSB officers.