On March 30, 2020, Vladimir Alushkin, sentenced to six years in a colony for believing in Jehovah, left the pre-trial detention center after the sentence was canceled. In total, the believer spent almost nine months in prison – 293 days. It was a touching scene as he rejoined his wife and friends on the way home.
On March 25, 2020, the Penza Regional Court quashed the verdict for believers Vladimir and Tatyana Alushkin, Vladimir Kulyasov, Andrey Magliv, Galiya Olkhova, and Denis Timoshin and returned the case for a new trial. Vladimir Alushkin should exit the pre-trial detention center as soon as the hard copy of the appeal ruling is received there.
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.
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.
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.
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’'.