Appeal Court Upholds Decision to Imprison Dennis Christensen

Photo: Oryol Regional Court pronounces appellate ruling in Dennis Christensen’s case 

On May 23, 2019, the Oryol Regional Court under Presiding Judge Olga Zuyenko upheld the decision of the lower Zheleznodorozhniy District Court to imprison Dennis Christensen for 6 years in a minimal security prison for his faith. Meanwhile, the European Court of Human Rights is preparing to review his case, with the Danish Government participating as a third party.

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