Dennis Christensen. Photo source: Simon Kruse / Berlingske
Dennis Christensen found guilty, sentence to be appealedOryol Region
On February 6, 2019, Dennis Christensen was found guilty under Article 282.2 (1) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison to be served in a general regime colony. The decision did not come into force.
The verdict was handed down by Judge Alexei Rudnev, judge of the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Orel. Lawyers consider this verdict unjust and are preparing an appeal. Meanwhile, Dennis Christensen will be in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in the Oryol region, where he has already spent 622 days. Letters of support can be sent to him.
Yaroslav Sivulsky of the European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses commented on the verdict: "The verdict is only very regrettable. A man who had not committed any crime was convicted. It is sad that in Russia it has again become a crime to read the Bible, keep its commandments and talk about one's faith with other people."