Final Statement Due May 23 in Christensen Appeal

Photo: Waiting for the appeal hearing in Dennis Christensen’s case (May 2019) 

Oryol Regional Court on May 23, 2019, is scheduled to hear defendant Dennis Christensen deliver a final statement in his appeal, after which the three-judge panel will retire for sentencing. Closing arguments took place May 16, with foreign diplomats, journalists, and numerous members of the public in attendance.

Case of Christensen in Oryol

Oryol Region
Case number:
Current stage:
trial in appellate court
Suspected of:
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)
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Oryol Region
Case initiated:
23 May 2017

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

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