Prominent Religious Scholar Sergey Ivanenko Gave Testimony in Trial of Jehovah’s Witnesses. What Did He Say?

Photo: Sergey Ivanenko

On September 4, 2019, in the trial of six Jehovah's Witnesses in Saratov, the floor was given to the prominent religious scholar, PhD, and State Advisor to the Russian Federation, Sergey Igorevich Ivanenko. We give excerpts from his testimony.

Case of Bazhenov and Others in Saratov

Saratov Region
Case number:
Current stage:
trial in court of first instance
Suspected of:
according to the investigation, together with others he conducted religious services, which is interpreted as “organising 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 (1)
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Saratov Region
Case initiated:
9 June 2018