A Large Fine Imposed on a Second Witness in Oryol

Photo: Sergey Skrynnikov

Sergey Skrynnikov has been found guilty under part 2 of Art. 282 of the Criminal Code and was fined 350,000 rubles. This ruling was announced on April 1, 2019, by the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Oryol. The case against Sergey Skrynnikov, a peaceful school teacher, was separated from the criminal case against Dennis Christensen, who was previously sentenced to six years in prison.

Neither Dennis nor Sergey committed a crime against another person. The criminal prosecution against them is a direct consequence of the liquidation and ban on the activities of the legal entities of Jehovah's Witnesses. Russian law enforcement officers erroneously apply this ban to the right of individuals to confess their faith, which has not been revoked, as participating in an extremist organization.

Case of Skrynnikov in Oryol

Oryol Region
Case number:
Current stage:
trial in court of first instance
Suspected of:
according to the investigation he participated in religious services, which is interpreted as participating in the activity of an extremist organisation (with reference to the decision of the Russian Supreme Court on the liquidation of all 396 registered organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses)
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (2)
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Oryol Region
Case initiated:
20 February 2018

Number of the case in court: 1-121/2018

Considering on the merits: Zheleznodorozhnyy District Court of the City of Oryol

Judge: Gleb Borisovich Noskov

Persons in the case