Khabarovsk Appeal Court Replaces 26 Months of Forced Labor With a Large Fine for a Witness

Photo: Valeriy Moskalenko

On November 5, 2019, Khabarovsk Regional Court commuted the sentence against Valeriy Moskalenko, replacing forced labor with a fine of 500 thousand rubles—for reading an excerpt from the Sermon on the Mount of Christ. Given 396 days he already spent in jail, the court released him from payment of this fine. In contrast, the prosecution earlier had requested three years in prison for him.

Case of Moskalenko in Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk Territory
Case number:
Number of the case in court:
Current stage:
trial in appellate court
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 (2)
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory
Case initiated:
1 August 2018

Persons in the case



Старший следователь-криминалист следственного отдела УФСБ России по Хабаровскому краю старший лейтенант юстиции Д. Поздняков, рассмотрев сообщение о преступлении, постановляет возбудить уголовное дело в отношении Валерия Москаленко по признакам преступления, предусмотренного ч. 2 ст. 282.2 УК РФ.

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