On December 13, 2019, the Leninsky district court of Penza announced the verdict to six citizens whose faith did not please Russia’s officials. Vladimir Alushkin was arrested in the courtroom. His wife, Tatyana, and their fellow believers Galiya Olkhova, Denis Timoshin, Andrey Magliv and Vladimir Kulyasov were sentenced to two years of prison suspended.
13 December 2019 Penza Region
Witnesses in Penza To Hear Verdict on December 13. The Prosecutor's Office Asks Three to Seven Years in Prison for Faith
On December 12, 2019, all six Jehovah's Witnesses turned to the court with the last word. The court retired to the deliberation room. The verdict will be announced on December 13, 2019, at 10:30 in the Leninskiy District Court of Penza at the address: st. Volodarsky, 36.
12 December 2019 Penza Region
On December 12, Six Innocents Are Expected To Be Convicted in Penza. The Prosecutor's Office Asks Three to Seven Years in Prison for Faith
On December 10, 2019, the defense of six Jehovah's Witnesses demanded that the court fully acquit them in connection with their involvement in any kind of extremist activity. Judge Roman Tanchenko announced that on December 12 the defendants will make the final statement, after which the verdict will be announced.
11 December 2019 Penza Region
In Penza, the Prosecutor Asks to Send Vladimir Alushkin to Jail for Seven Years! The Prosecutor Spurns the UN Opinion on the Case
Seven Years of imprisonment for Vladimir Alushkin, four years of imprisonment for Andrey Magliv, Vladimir Kulyasov, and Denis Timoshin, and three years of imprisonment for Tatyana Alushkina and Galiya Olkhova. For everyone except Vladimir Alushkin, the prosecutor asks to replace the prison term with forced labor. Meanwhile, the UN Working Group officially recognized Alushkin’s arrest as arbitrary.
5 December 2019 Penza Region
“Systemic and Institutionalized Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses.” The UN Working Group Has Rendered Its Second Opinion
On October 1, 2019, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has rendered the second opinion regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. This time the Working Group has declared the arrest of Vladimir Alushkin from Penza to be unlawful. The Working Group has expressed it’s concerns over the “issue of systemic and institutionalized persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses’'.