Smolensk Region

In Smolensk, Two More Women Imprisoned for Faith

On May 18, 2019, the court imposed two months of confinement on Valentina Vladimirova, 63, and Tatyana Galkevich. They became the seventh and eighth defendants in Smolensk. In April 2019, four men were jailed. Before that, Maria Troshina and Natalia Sorokina spent 191 days behind bars there.

Fourth Witness Imprisoned in Smolensk

On May 1, 2019, a court ruled to send Evgeniy Dechko, 30, to a detention center for two months. Evgeniy had been arrested in Dagomys, Krasnodar region, and brought to Smolensk, where he became the fourth imprisoned Witness in the city, joining three other men jailed earlier.

Three in Detention for Their Faith in Smolensk

On April 26, 2019, court decided on two months’ detention for three Witnesses,  Ruslan Korolev, 36, Valeriy Shalev, 41, and Viktor Malkov, 60. This is the second criminal case opened in Smolensk by the Federal Security Service (FSB). The men are suspected of participating in an extremist organization. Homes of the believers were searched.

In Smolensk, Two Women of Faith Released After 191 Days of Detention

April 15, 2019, under a court decision in Smolensk, Nataliya Sorokina and Mariya Troshina were transferred to house arrest. The two women from Sychyovka, a small town in the Smolensk region, were released from the courtroom after over six months of imprisonment.

Smolensk: Two More Women Sent to Prison for Their Faith

Mariya Troshina and Nataliya Sorokina, who reside in Sychevka (Smolensk Region), were sent to a detention centre for 42 days. They are accused of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Two Women Arrested in Smolensk Region

On 7 October 2018, the Smolensk Directorate of the FSB conducted a number of searches in the homes of persons suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Two women in Sychevka (Smolensk Region) could not be reached for three days.

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Witnesses Forced to Quit Because of Supreme Court Decision Against Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Supreme Court decision has caused a torrent of violations of the rights of citizens. Reports indicate that the management of institutions are initiating the dismissal of Jehovah’s Witnesses.