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Withdrawal of the Surgut Investigation Team Urged Over Torture Reports

An application was submitted for the withdrawal of the Surgut investigative group. The application stated that reasonable grounds exist that the investigators tortured Jehovah's Witnesses in their custody.

Witnesses in Surgut Turned to the Hotline of Investigative Committee of Russia Because of Torture

On February 16, 2019, the hotline of the Investigative Committee of Russia (RFIC) received a request to open an investigation against Dmitry Asmolov, Investigator of the Surgut Department of the RFIC, because of torture that took place during the intervals between his interrogations.

In Surgut, After Torture, Three Worshippers Are Thrown Into Prison

Surgut City Court decided to impose upon 42-year-old Yevgeny Fedin, 57-year-old Sergey Loginov and 52-year-old Artur Severinchik a preventive measure in the form of pre-trial detention.

Torture of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Surgut

At least seven of Jehovah’s Witnesses were subjected to torture—electric shocks, suffocation, and cruel beatings—in the Russian Investigative Committee’s building in Surgut.

One of Jehovah's Witnesses Arrested in Arkhangelsk

February 18, 2019, unidentified law enforcement officers invaded the house of 39-year-old Yevgeny Yakku, a citizen of the city of Arkhangelsk. After the search, he was taken away in an unknown direction. On February 19, 2019, a trial is scheduled to impose a preventive measure on Mr. Yakku.

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International Memorial Defends Dennis Christensen

“This shameful and anti-legal decision brought Russia into line with countries notorious for its most odious regimes.”

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Large-Scale Operation Against Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut

Early in the morning of February 15, 2019, mass searches were held in the homes of citizens in the city of Surgut and the town of Lyantor. According to incomplete data, 15 people were detained and taken to the investigating authorities.

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area Judge Sentences Believer to 55 Days

On February 8, 2019, the Khanty-Mansiysk District Court ordered 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov to be sent to jail.

Advertisement: Appeal in the Case of Arkadya Akopyan in Kabardino-Balkaria

The Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria set March 1, 2019, to hear appeals against the verdict handed down to a 70-year-old Witness of Jehovah from the town of Prokhladny.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Decries Dennis Christensen Sentencing

The statement urges Russia to drop all charges against Jehovah's Witnesses, to release all those detained and to revise the Federal Law on Combating Extremist Activity.

PACE Observers Called for Christensen Release Without Waiting for an Appeal

“Mr. Christensen’s conviction and imprisonment for nothing more than peacefully practicing his faith is an unacceptable violation of the right to freedom of religion."

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Jehovah's Witnesses Believe Adverse Court Decisions Have No Legal Basis

Why the conviction of Christensen is wrong. 

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In Murmansk Region, Two Witnesses Freed From House Arrest

After 120 days imprisoned in their own homes, Roman Markin and Viktor Trofimov were returned Feb. 7, 2019, to a relatively normal life.

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Another Witness Detained in Moscow and Escorted to the Amur Region

43-year-old Aleksey Berchuk was detained at passport control at Moscow Vnukovo airport.

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FSB in Kemerovo Detained Third Believer in the Region

On February 6, 2019, FSB officers detained 35-year-old Khasan Kogut, a resident of the town of Beryozovsky.

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Searches and Detention in Yugra

On February 6, 2019, in the town of Uray (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra) eight houses were searched. 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov was arrested.

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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