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Searches Conducted in Saransk. Father of Young Children Is Detained.

On February 6, 2019, in the capital of Mordovia at least 20 searches were conducted in the homes of citizens who are considered to be Jehovah's Witnesses. Vladimir Atryakhin, 31, was detained.

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“To Be Released Immediately and Unconditionally”—Statement by the European Union

A few hours after the announcement of the sentence on Dennis Christensen, the European External Action Service issued a statement.

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Dennis Christensen Found Guilty – Verdict to Be Appealed

He has been sentenced to 6 years in prison.

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The Full Transcript of the Last Word of Dennis Christensen Is Available in Russian

What did Dennis Christensen say in his last word on January 30, 2019?

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The Verdict in the Dennis Christensen Case Will Be Announced on February 6

Judge Aleksey Rudnev announced that he is taking several days to render his decision.

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The Full Transcript of the Concluding Statement by Christensen’s Lawyer Is Available in Russian

Concluding statements in the case of the Dennis Christensen began in the District Court of Oryol on January 23, 2019.

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Third Witness in Khabarovsk Transferred to House Arrest; One Remains in Prison

On January 29, 2019, the Khabarovsk Regional Court reversed a lower court’s decision to place Stanislav Kim in pretrial detention. In Khabarovsk, one more Witness, Valery Moskalenko, remains in prison for his faith.

One of Jehovah’s Witnesses Jailed for Two Months in Ivanovo

On January 28, 2019, Larisa Zubova, judge of the Oktyabrskiy District Court of the city of Ivanovo, sent Yevgeniy Spirin, a 32-year-old resident of the town of Furmanov, to prison for believing in God.

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New Criminal Case and Arrest in Ivanovo Region

On January 27, 2019, Yevgeniy Spirin, a 32-year-old resident of the town of Furmanov was detained by FSB officers after they conducted searches in the homes of citizens suspected of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. Yevgeniy Spirin is being charged under article 282.2 (1) of the Criminal Code.

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Oryol Update: Christensen Trial to Continue on January 30, 2019

The debates of the parties in the case of Danish believer Dennis Christensen will continue on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 10:30.

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International Joint Statement by 36 Civic Organizations in Defense of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

Human rights organizations from 18 countries urge the Russian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally all Jehovah's Witnesses in detention and to drop the charges for the involvement in extremism.

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Court in Kostroma Mitigates Restrictions for Young Witness Couple

For the first time in six months, a young couple, Sergey and Valeria Rayman, were allowed to live together, use the phone, and send and receive messages.

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Concluding Pleadings in Trial of Danish Citizen in Oryol to Continue Monday, January 28

On January 23, 2019, the prosecutor requested that Dennis Christensen spend 6 years and 6 months in prison. Pleadings will continue on January 28, 2019 at 11:30, with the defense presenting their concluding statements. The court will retire to the deliberation room to render its verdict.

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Oryol Prosecutor Requests 78 Months in Prison for Danish Believer

On January 23, 2019, the prosecutor requested that Dennis Christensen spend 6 years and 6 months in prison.

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A Series of Home Searches on the Island of Sakhalin

On January 20, 2019, special police forces conducted eleven searches in homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the towns of Nevelsk and Nogliki. This is the first raid after Vladimir Putin commented on the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses: “This is complete nonsense and it is necessary to deal with this attentively.”

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Follow the News From Russia in English

Starting January 22, 2019, the jw-russia.org website will publish headlines and brief summaries of new items also in English simultaneously with the Russian. The full text of the news will be available only in Russian.

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Update on Date of Concluding Pleadings in Trial of Danish Citizen in Oryol

Concluding pleadings in the trial of Danish citizen in Oryol will begin on January 23, 2019 at 10:30. The prosecution will announce the sentence they are requesting be imposed on Dennis Christensen.

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Four Men Held in Pre-Trial Detention for Their Religious Beliefs Have Been Transferred to House Arrest

Vladimir Alushkin in Penza, Vitaliy Zhuk and Nikolay Polyevodov in Khabarovsk, and Valentin Osadchuk in Vladivostok have all been released from pre-trial detention.

Danish Believer Takes the Stand in the Case Against Him in Oryol

Dennis Christensen confirmed that he practices the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He analysed the motives imputed to him by the investigation, pointed out inconsistencies in the charges, exposed the secret witness for the prosecution and said that he was innocent.

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Concluding Pleadings in Trial of Danish Citizen in Oryol to Begin on January 21

The prosecution will announce the sentence they are requesting be imposed on the believer. After pleadings the court will retire to the deliberation room to render its verdict.

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