Committee of Ministers Checked How Russia Executes the European Court's Judgments on Jehovah's Witnesses

September 23-25, 2019, in Strasbourg, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, comprising the Foreign Affairs Ministers of all its member states and supervising the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, "insistently urged the [Russian] authorities to rapidly take all necessary measures to ensure that members of the Jehovah's Witnesses can enjoy the unhindered exercise of their individual right to freedom of religion."

France, Moscow

ECHR Ends Interim Measures, but Continues Considering the Complaint on Torture

The European Court withdrew the urgent interim measures regarding one of Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut who complained of torture (such measures are usually imposed when there is a threat to the life of the applicant). However, the withdrawal does not mean that the ECHR recognized a failure to prove torture.

ECHR Imposes Interim Measures in Response to Torture Complaint From Surgut

On February 26, 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Russian government to immediately send 57-year-old Sergey Loginov—one of seven Jehovah’s Witnesses who reported torture in the building of the Investigative Committee—for an independent medical examination.

PACE Observers Called for Christensen Release Without Waiting for an Appeal

“Mr. Christensen’s conviction and imprisonment for nothing more than peacefully practicing his faith is an unacceptable violation of the right to freedom of religion."


Moskalenko Versus Russia: a New Complaint Filed With the ECHR on Behalf of Jehovah’s Witnesses

On December 18, 2018, a new complaint entitled “Moskalenko versus Russia” was submitted to the ECHR. The Strasbourg court has been asked to give this case priority handling in line with its policies.

Khabarovsk Territory, France

Russia Files Observations With European Court in Glazov LRO and Others v. Russia

This application was filed on behalf of the 395 local religious organisations (LROs) that were liquidated by the Russian Supreme Court in April 2017 along with the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

Moscow, France

Russia Rejects Witnesses’ Request for Compensation Before ECHR

The Russian government’s position in the international court blatantly contradicts its position in domestic court.

Moscow, France

Russia Asks ECHR for More Time to Prepare Response

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”.

Moscow, France

Danish Government As Third Party in Christensen v. Russia in European Court

On 15 May 2018, Denmark filed an application in the ECHR to be admitted to the case of Christensen v. Russia.

European Union, France

Russia Submits Response to ECHR Regarding Liquidation of Witnesses’ Legal Entities

The response to the application Administrative Centre of Jehovahs Witnesses in Russia and Kalin v. Russia contains a statement that should serve as a warning to security agencies.

Moscow, France

European Court Gives Priority to Reviewing Decision to Ban Witnesses’ Organisations in Russia

The application is called Administrative Centre of Jehovahs Witnesses in Russia and Kalin v. Russia. The ECHR ordered Russia to submit its explanations by 23 March 2018.


Council of Europe Ministers Hear Report About Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

In Strasbourg at a meeting of the Committee of Ministers (the body supervising execution of ECHR judgments), the question of the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia was raised in the light of the claim filed by the Ministry of Justice in Russia’s Supreme Court.