Oryol Region

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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The Verdict in the Dennis Christensen Case Will Be Announced on February 6

Judge Aleksey Rudnev announced that he is taking several days to render his decision.

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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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