Oryol Region

The Full Transcript of the Concluding Statement by Christensen’s Lawyer Is Available in Russian

Concluding statements in the case of the Dennis Christensen began in the District Court of Oryol on January 23, 2019.

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Oryol Update: Christensen Trial to Continue on January 30, 2019

The debates of the parties in the case of Danish believer Dennis Christensen will continue on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 10:30.

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Concluding Pleadings in Trial of Danish Citizen in Oryol to Continue Monday, January 28

On January 23, 2019, the prosecutor requested that Dennis Christensen spend 6 years and 6 months in prison. Pleadings will continue on January 28, 2019 at 11:30, with the defense presenting their concluding statements. The court will retire to the deliberation room to render its verdict.

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Oryol Prosecutor Requests 78 Months in Prison for Danish Believer

On January 23, 2019, the prosecutor requested that Dennis Christensen spend 6 years and 6 months in prison.

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Update on Date of Concluding Pleadings in Trial of Danish Citizen in Oryol

Concluding pleadings in the trial of Danish citizen in Oryol will begin on January 23, 2019 at 10:30. The prosecution will announce the sentence they are requesting be imposed on Dennis Christensen.

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Danish Believer Takes the Stand in the Case Against Him in Oryol

Dennis Christensen confirmed that he practices the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He analysed the motives imputed to him by the investigation, pointed out inconsistencies in the charges, exposed the secret witness for the prosecution and said that he was innocent.

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Concluding Pleadings in Trial of Danish Citizen in Oryol to Begin on January 21

The prosecution will announce the sentence they are requesting be imposed on the believer. After pleadings the court will retire to the deliberation room to render its verdict.

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Dennis Christensen Receives Letters of Support

In the break between sessions, Dennis Christensen had a few moments to show the audience in the courtroom some of the letters of support that he has received in prison.

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October 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Eleven sessions have taken place. Among other things, photos were discussed showing Christensen and his wife in a supermarket next to a man dressed in a fairy-tale outfit.

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Prisoner of Conscience Dennis Christensen (Infographic)

A schematic presentation of facts relating to Russia’s criminal prosecution of the Danish citizen because of his religion.

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September 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Four hearings took place in September in the Dennis Christensen case. The court explored materials on digital media that were seized from the Christensens and other Oryol residents.

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USCIRF Recognises Russian Jehovah’s Witness as Prisoner of Conscience

On 26 September 2018, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced that Dennis Christensen was included on the list of “Religious Prisoners of Conscience”.

July/August 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Dennis Christensen, who has been in a detention centre for more than a year, is on trial for his faith. We present a brief overview of the judicial hearings since the beginning of July.

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2-4 July 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

The surname of Orthodox theologian Oleg Kurdyumov was again mentioned in court.

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June 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Two witnesses were questioned over five sessions; one of them is a secret witness. In addition, secret video recordings of religious services were explored.

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New Criminal Case Under Investigation in Oryol

A preliminary investigation was completed concerning a 55-year-old Oryol resident, Sergey Skrynnikov. This is the second criminal case in the city following the Dennis Christensen case.

28-30 May 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

The court explored some case materials, refused to restrict media coverage of the process and began questioning a secret witness, who, as the lawyers stated, is not really secret.

22-23 May 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Next, the prosecution questions an unusual witness. His name will be kept secret, his face will not be visible, and his voice will be changed. In this regard, the lawyers made a curious statement …

21 May 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Questioning of a prosecution witness continues, Vera Banshchikova, a follower of the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

16 May 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Two witnesses were examined by the prosecution: a man residing in the vicinity of the building used for religious services of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a local woman professing this religion.