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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On February 8, 2019, the Khanty-Mansiysk District Court ordered 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov to be sent to jail.
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.
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.
“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."
Why the conviction of Christensen is wrong.
After 120 days imprisoned in their own homes, Roman Markin and Viktor Trofimov were returned Feb. 7, 2019, to a relatively normal life.
43-year-old Aleksey Berchuk was detained at passport control at Moscow Vnukovo airport.
On February 6, 2019, FSB officers detained 35-year-old Khasan Kogut, a resident of the town of Beryozovsky.
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.
A few hours after the announcement of the sentence on Dennis Christensen, the European External Action Service issued a statement.
He has been sentenced to 6 years in prison.