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Primorskiy Territory: Criminal Case and Arrests in Spassk-Dalny

On 25 November 2018 on a wave of searches, five people were arrested and sent to a detention centre. Two days later, house arrest was imposed on four of them, and one man was released. In total, in the Primorskiy Territory, at least four criminal cases have been initiated for reasons of faith.

New Home Searches of Witnesses in Murmansk Region

On 23 November 2018 in Polyarnyy, the homes of two families were searched, leading to the seizure of Bibles in the synodal translation, a scientific paper on religion, notebooks, notes, a telephone, a computer and tablets.

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Searches in Dzhankoy — Biggest Operation in Recent Times

On average, 25 agents invaded each home. Several people were harmed to varying degrees. During the searches, money and valuables were stolen.

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Mass Searches of Homes in Nevinnomyssk

On 21 November 2018, nine searches were conducted in the Stavropol Territory. Computers and other electronic devices were seized. Residents were taken for interrogation.

Crimea: Victim of Political Repression Hurt During Armed Operation

On 15 November 2018 in Dzhankoy, 78-year-old Aleksandr Ursu was pinned to the wall, fell on his knees and was handcuffed.

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In Ivanovo Region, Witness Leaves Detention Centre After 171 Days

On 15 November 2018, the appellate court overturned a ruling to extend the pre-trial detention of Dmitriy Mikhaylov, a 40-year-old resident of Shuya.

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Tatarstan: Three More Transferred From Detention Centre to House Arrest

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan ruled to put under house arrest Vladimir Myakushin, Aydar Yulmetyev and Konstantin Matrashov. Two of them have already left the detention centre.

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Searches and New Arrests in Khabarovsk After Friendly Gathering Disrupted

On 12 November 2018, the court put Vitaliy Zhuk, Nikolay Polevodov and Stanislav Kim behind bars on suspicion of worshipping Jehovah God. The arrests were preceded by an operation to catch Witnesses at a gathering in a cafe.

Mass Searches and Criminal Case in Novosibirsk

On 12 November 2018, the court put Vitaliy Zhuk, Nikolay Polevodov and Stanislav Kim behind bars on suspicion of worshipping Jehovah God. The arrests were preceded by an operation to catch Witnesses at a gathering in a cafe.

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Man Sentenced for Hate Crime in Republic of Udmurtia

The Magistrate’s Court conditionally sentenced an Izhevsk man to deprivation of liberty, reimbursement of damages and court costs for vandalising a building in 2017 where Jehovah’s Witnesses previously held religious services.

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Dennis Christensen Receives Letters of Support

In the break between sessions, Dennis Christensen had a few moments to show the audience in the courtroom some of the letters of support that he has received in prison.

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October 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Eleven sessions have taken place. Among other things, photos were discussed showing Christensen and his wife in a supermarket next to a man dressed in a fairy-tale outfit.

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House Arrest for One of Four Detainees in Naberezhnyye Chelny

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan ordered that Ilkham Karimov be transferred to house arrest after 160 days in the detention centre, but he is still being held there because of delays with the paperwork.

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Krasnoyarsk: New Mass Searches in Homes of Witnesses

In Krasnoyarsk, searches were conducted in 20 flats on 7 November 2018 within the framework of the case against Andrey Stupnikov. Individuals were taken for interrogation. There is no information about new arrests.

Prisoner of Conscience Dennis Christensen (Infographic)

A schematic presentation of facts relating to Russia’s criminal prosecution of the Danish citizen because of his religion.

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Appellate Court in Bashkiria Transfers Witness to House Arrest

On 31 October 2018, the Supreme Court of that republic mitigated the preventive measure on Anton Lemeshev from Dyurtyuli.

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Four More Criminal Cases in Perm

From 24 to 26 September 2018, the Perm FSB initiated four more criminal cases for alleged participation in religious services interpreted as the “activity of an extremist community”.

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September 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Four hearings took place in September in the Dennis Christensen case. The court explored materials on digital media that were seized from the Christensens and other Oryol residents.

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New Criminal Case and Arrest In Bashkiria

On 18 October 2018 in Dyurtyuli, no less than 11 searches were conducted in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses. 31-year-old Anton Lemeshev was sent to a detention centre.

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Smolensk: Two More Women Sent to Prison for Their Faith

Mariya Troshina and Nataliya Sorokina, who reside in Sychevka (Smolensk Region), were sent to a detention centre for 42 days. They are accused of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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