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In Saratov, Prosecution Requested Six and Seven Years of Jail for 6 Jehovah’s Witnesses. Verdict Will Be Known Shortly

On September 18, 2019, in the Leninsky District Court of Saratov, the prosecutor requested 7 years of prison term for Konstantin Bazhenov, Feliks Makhammadiyev and Aleksey Budenchuk and 6 years for Aleksey Miretskiy, Roman Gridasov and Gennadiy German. All of them are charged with their religious beliefs.

Saratov Region

In Karpinsk, hearings began on the case of Prianikov and Dulova, mother and daughter. Court rejected all their petitions. Follow the case chronicle

Sverdlovsk Region

In Saratov, defendants exhaustively explained why extremism is alien to them. Legal entities are not mandated to practice faith. Read the chronicle

Saratov Region

In the Klimov case in Tomsk, the prosecutor's office requested more time to prepare for the debate. Hearings were rescheduled for October 21

Tomsk Region

New Criminal Case for Faith in Karelia. Mikhail Gordeev, 59, Detained at His Workplace and Placed Under Recognisance Agreement

On September 5, 2019, in Petrozavodsk (Karelia, Russia), FSB officers detained Mikhail Gordeev right at his workplace, suspecting him of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was searched, his tablet was seized, and he was taken to the FSB department. A criminal case was opened.

Karelia

​In Saratov, court searched in vain for extremism in the books of Jehovah's Witnesses. Religious scholar Sergey Ivanenko gave testimony. Read chronicle

Saratov Region

Hearings in the Khabarovsk case​ were postponed to October 28. Prosecutor will have to present his evidence

Khabarovsk Territory

Are Jehovah's Witnesses Actually Banned in Russia?

No. According to the explanation of the Russian Government, the Supreme Court banned only the activities of legal entities that no longer exist, but not the religion as such.

Moscow

Hearings in the case of Grigoriy Bubnov​, accused of organizing extremist activities because of his faith, begin in Primorsky Territory

Primorye Territory

On September 9, hearings on the merits of six believers accused of professing faith in Jehovah begin in Khabarovsk. Read details in the chronicle

Khabarovsk Territory

Court in Vladivostok interrogates believers. Will they testify against Dmitriy Barmakin? Read the process chronicle

Primorye Territory

Witnesses for the Klimov case in Tomsk cannot explain what connection he has with extremism. Read the chronicle of the trial​

Tomsk Region

Perm Regional Court upheld the conviction of Jehovah's Witness Aleksandr Solovyev. He will pay a large fine of 300,000 rubles for his faith

Perm Territory

Andrzej Oniszczuk Is Free After 11 Months in Jail. No Other Jehovah's Witnesses Jailed in Kirov Now

On September 3, 2019, the judge of the Kirov Regional Court, Aleksandr Moseev, upheld the appeal of Andrzej Oniszczuk over the extension of detention. After almost a year behind bars and a ban on communication with his wife, the Polish citizen is finally free, but under recognizance agreement.

Kirov Region

In Perm, an engineer faces 6 years of prison term for faith in God and reading the Bible. Read Aleksey Metsger’s biography

Perm Territory

State allowed a believer Alternative Civilian Service due to his faith, and then declared this faith criminal. Read Maksim Zavrazhnov’s bio

Nizhny Novgorod Region

In Nizhniy Novgorod, car technician and family head faces religious discrimination and criminal persecution. Oleg Konshin’s bio published

Nizhny Novgorod Region

In Kaluga, electrical engineer Roman Makhnev was subjected to inhuman treatment and thrown to jail because of his faith. Read his biography

Kaluga Region

Dmitry Kuzin, 54, was sent to pretrial detention after mass raids against believers in Kaluga. His bio is published

Kaluga Region

2 Years and 2 Months of Forced Labor and 6 Months’ Restriction for Reading Bible. Valeriy Moskalenko Free, But With Guilty Verdict

Two years and two months of forced labor and another six months of restriction of freedom — this is the sentence pronounced for Valeriy Moskalenko in the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Khabarovsk on September 2, 2019. However, the court did not support the petition for a prison term for a peaceful believer incriminated in reading the Bible.

Khabarovsk Territory