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.
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.
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.
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.
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.