Oryol Region

A Knife Was Planted at the Prison Cell of Dennis Christensen as a Pressure Tactic. Soon Members of the Presidential Council Visited Him

At the end of July 2019, employees of the colony where Dennis Christensen was serving his sentence threw a knife at him - and, armed with a video camera, they immediately “found” him. This incident was used to pressure the believer. Supporting him shortly thereafter was the visit of Andrey Babushkin from the presidential Human Rights Council. Human rights activists were interested in the conditions of his detention and respect for human rights. 

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Conviction Upheld Against Second Witness by Oryol Court

On June 13, 2019, a panel of three judges from the Oryol Regional Court upheld the sentence of the lower court, in which Sergey Skrynnikov was heavily fined for his faith.                                                                                

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German Commissioner for Global Freedom of Religion Voices Concern Over Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

On May 24, 2019, Markus Grübel, the German Commissioner for Global Freedom of Religion, spoke in connection with the fact that the Russian appellate court upheld the sentence of Dennis Christensen.

Russian Ombudsperson Points to the Root of Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses

For the first time, Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova drew attention to the unjustified criminal prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses, and also pointed out the root of the problem.

Dennis Christensen Moved to Penal Colony in Kursk Region

Letters of support to Dennis Christensen can be sent to the Penal Colony #3 in the Kursk Region.

What Dennis Christensen Revealed in His Last Words Before the Appeal Court

On May 23, 2019, Dennis Christensen had his last chance to reach the conscience of those on whom his freedom depended. We publish in Russian an excerpt from remarks he delivered during the appeal hearing in Oryol Regional Court.

Appeal Court Upholds Decision to Imprison Dennis Christensen

A panel of three judges upheld the decision to imprison a Danish Jehovah’s Witness for 6 years. He has been declared an extremist and has already been held behind bars for almost two years.

Final Statement Due May 23 in Christensen Appeal

Oryol Regional Court on May 23, 2019, is scheduled to hear defendant Dennis Christensen deliver a final statement in his appeal, after which the three-judge panel will retire for sentencing. Closing arguments took place May 16, with foreign diplomats, journalists, and numerous members of the public in attendance.

What Has Changed in the Religious Life of Russia After the Jailing of Dennis Christensen?

In the three months after the sentence imposed on Dennis Christensen, similar cases were initiated in 25 cities of Russia, 74 people became accused or suspected, 28 of them were thrown in jail (for some of them, that preventive measure was softened later), and 141 families were searched in their homes.

Concluding Statements in Christensen Appeal Due May 16

Lawyers for Dennis Christensen will summarize their arguments during the debate in Oryol Regional Court.

Christensen Appeal Hearing to Continue May 8

On May 7, 2019, the Oryol Regional Court began reviewing the appeal of Dennis Christensen—one of Jehovah's Witnesses from Denmark—against his guilty verdict. The Dane continues to maintain that he is not guilty of any crime. The hearing will continue on May 8, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Oryol Regional Court located at Oryol, Krasnoarmeyskaya Street, Building 6. Hearings are also scheduled for May 16 and 17, 2019.

The Appeal Hearing in Christensen Case Be Held on May 7, 2019

Oryol Regional Court set a date for the appeal hearing against the verdict on Dennis Christensen, one of Jehovah's Witnesses from Denmark. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison because of his faith. The hearing will begin on May 7, 2019 in Oryol Regional Court, located at Oryol, Krasnoarmeyskaya str., 6.

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A Large Fine Imposed on a Second Witness in Oryol

Sergey Skrynnikov has been found guilty and was fined 350,000 rubles. This ruling was announced on April 1, 2019, by the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Oryol.

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Sergey Skrynnikov—Who Is He?

Mr. Skrynnikov is the second of Jehovah's Witnesses in the city of Oryol caught in the millstones of persecution for his faith. What helps him not to give up? What was his way to faith? What is his reaction to criminal prosecution? 

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The Full Transcript of the Last Word of Sergey Skrynnikov Is Available in Russian

Earlier, Prosecutor asked the court to impose a three-year prison sentence, alleging “participation in the activities of an extremist organization."

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Prosecutor Wants 3 Years in Jail for Second Accused in Oryol

Trial of Sergey Skrynnikov, the second Witness accused in the city of Oryol, shifted to the stage of debate.

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International Memorial Defends Dennis Christensen

“This shameful and anti-legal decision brought Russia into line with countries notorious for its most odious regimes.”

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Jehovah's Witnesses Believe Adverse Court Decisions Have No Legal Basis

Why the conviction of Christensen is wrong. 

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Dennis Christensen Found Guilty – Verdict to Be Appealed

He has been sentenced to 6 years in prison.

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The Full Transcript of the Last Word of Dennis Christensen Is Available in Russian

What did Dennis Christensen say in his last word on January 30, 2019?

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