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Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Nothing to Do With Munitions in Kirov

Fragments of known disabled artefacts from the Second World War were seized, not from a Jehovah’s Witness, but from a relative who is an activist in a munitions search movement.

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Two Murmansk Witnesses Under House Arrest After 176 Days in Detention

On 10 October 2018, the Polyarnyy District Court of the Murmansk Region lightened the preventive measure on Viktor Trofimov and Roman Markin.

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Two Women Arrested in Smolensk Region

On 7 October 2018, the Smolensk Directorate of the FSB conducted a number of searches in the homes of persons suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Two women in Sychevka (Smolensk Region) could not be reached for three days.

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In Kirov, New Criminal Case and Five Arrests, Including Polish Citizen

On 7 October 2018, the Smolensk Directorate of the FSB conducted a number of searches in the homes of persons suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Two women in Sychevka (Smolensk Region) could not be reached for three days.

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After 129 Days in Detention, Three Magadan Witnesses Under House Arrest

On 5 October 2018, the Magadan Regional Appellate Court lightened the preventive measure on Yevgeniya Zyablov, Sergey Yerkin and Ivan Puyda.

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USCIRF Recognises Russian Jehovah’s Witness as Prisoner of Conscience

On 26 September 2018, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced that Dennis Christensen was included on the list of “Religious Prisoners of Conscience”.

Russia Asks ECHR for More Time to Prepare Response

On 26 September 2018, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced that Dennis Christensen was included on the list of “Religious Prisoners of Conscience”.

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Kostroma Witness Released From Detention Centre to House Arrest

On 21 September 2018, Sergey Rayman came out of the detention centre after 59 days. It is noteworthy that the representative of the prosecutor’s office supported the motion for house arrest.

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Mass Searches in Kostroma in Homes of Witnesses

On 20 September 2018 throughout Kostroma, searches were conducted in the homes of persons suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. At least four people, men and women, were arrested and taken for interrogation.

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In Perm Territory, New Criminal Case and Two Under House Arrest

Searches took place in cities of the Perm Territory, and several persons were detained and interrogated. 50-year-old Igor Turik and 51-year-old Viktor Kuchkov were put under house arrest after being in custody in the detention centre.

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July/August 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Dennis Christensen, who has been in a detention centre for more than a year, is on trial for his faith. We present a brief overview of the judicial hearings since the beginning of July.

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All Three Witnesses in Kamchatka Released

Dennis Christensen, who has been in a detention centre for more than a year, is on trial for his faith. We present a brief overview of the judicial hearings since the beginning of July.

Criminal Case Continues in Mayskiy Against Local Resident

At the hearings, the assistant prosecutor testified in favour of Yuriy Zalipayev. The prosecution is moving at a snail’s pace.

In Kamchatka, Another Man Sent to Detention Centre

On 19 August 2018 in Yelizovo, a married couple, the Bazhenovs, and 71-year-old Vera Zolotova were arrested. After two days, the women were released, and 41-year-old Konstantin Bazhenov was sent to a detention centre for two months.

New Section “Prisoners of Conscience”

On 19 August 2018 in Yelizovo, a married couple, the Bazhenovs, and 71-year-old Vera Zolotova were arrested. After two days, the women were released, and 41-year-old Konstantin Bazhenov was sent to a detention centre for two months.

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How Did Jehovah’s Witnesses Come to Be Labelled as ‘Extremists’ in Russia? (Four-Minute Video)

Four-minute condensed English version of a video about the main stages of the elaborate plan of Russian authorities, who over nine years were able to turn law-abiding believers into “extremists”.

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How Did Jehovah’s Witnesses Come to Be Labelled as ‘Extremists’ in Russia? (Seven-Minute Video)

Seven-minute full English version of a video about the main stages of the elaborate plan of Russian authorities, who over nine years were able to turn law-abiding believers into “extremists”.

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Appellate Court in Kamchatka Releases Couple Arrested for Their Faith

On 19 August 2018 in Yelizovo, a married couple, the Bazhenovs, and 71-year-old Vera Zolotova were arrested. After two days, the women were released, and 41-year-old Konstantin Bazhenov was sent to a detention centre for two months.

In Orenburg and Magadan, Three Witnesses Leave Detention for House Arrest

On 3 August 2018, the Leninskiy District Court of Orenburg issued a ruling to impose house arrest on V. Kochnev and A. Suvorov. At the same time, the Magadan Regional Court transferred K. Petrov from detention to house arrest.

Local Resident of Khabarovsk Arrested

On 2 August 2018, the FSB conducted searches in the homes of Khabarovsk residents suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. 51-year-old Valeriy Moskalenko was sent to a detention centre.