What Has Changed in the Religious Life of Russia After the Jailing of Dennis Christensen?

Dennis Christensen. Photo: Simon Kruse / Berlingske

In the three months after the sentence imposed on Dennis Christensen, similar cases were initiated in 25 cities of Russia, 74 people became accused or suspected, 28 of them were thrown in jail (for some of them, that preventive measure was softened later), and 141 families were searched in their homes.

Case of Christensen in Oryol

Oryol Region

Locality: Oryol

Case number: 11707540001500164

Number of the case in court: 1-37/1

Current stage: trial in appellate court

Guilty charges: according to the investigation, together with the others he conducted religious services, which is interpreted as “organising the activity of an extremist organisation” (with reference to the court’s decision on the liquidation of the local organisation of Jehovah’s Witnesses)

Article of the Russian Criminal Code: 282.2(1)

Case initiated: 23 May 2017

Investigating: Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Oryol Region

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

Judge: Aleksei Nikolaevich Rudnev

Appellate Court: Oryol Regional Court

Persons in the case