Oryol Region

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.

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

On 15 May 2018, two witnesses called by the State were examined in court, an FSB officer and a local resident who professes the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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

The hearing continued in the Zheleznodorozhnyy District Court of Oryol. Three prosecution witnesses were examined.

25 April 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

On this day in court, a prosecution witness was examined, a 78-year-old local resident who professes the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

24 April 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

On this day in court, in the case of Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen, two prosecution witnesses were examined: an FSB officer and a woman who attended religious services from 2013 to 2015.

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23 April 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

On this day in court, charges were announced against Dennis Christensen, who is charged because of his religion. The defendant and his lawyers expressed their view.

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3 April 2018. Hearings in Case of Danish Witness in Oryol

Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen, who has been behind bars for his religion, was given time to review the remaining volumes of the criminal case. The hearing will continue on 23 April 2018.

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