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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pervomaysky District Court of Kirov on March 28, 2019, refused investigators’ request to extend the term of Yevgeny Suvorkov’s detention.
Earlier, Prosecutor asked the court to impose a three-year prison sentence, alleging “participation in the activities of an extremist organization."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.