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Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area

A criminal case against an exemplary family man, Andrey Sazonov, from the town of Uray is ready to be brought to court

Russia Loses Conscientious Workers as Attacks on Faith Go On

According to tabulations April 20, 2020, three years after the liquidation of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ communities, 332 people became victims of criminal prosecution, 166 of these undergoing imprisonment. These are honest, non-drinking workers: teachers, builders, firefighters, accountants, lawyers. Authorities ruin their career, paralyze their life.

Belarus authorities detained Nikolay Makhalichev persecuted for his faith in Russia. We publish his biography

For the First Time, Belarus Authorities Arrest One of Jehovah’s Witnesses Persecuted for His Faith in Russia

On February 21, 2020, in the Republic of Belarus, police officers detained Russian citizen Nikolay Makhalichev, 36. Checking his documents, they declared he was wanted by the Russian authorities since he was professing a banned religion. Three days later the prosecutor sent him to pre-trial detention facility SIZO-2 in Vitebsk, Belarus.

Programmer, musician, and father of three children Evgeniy Kozak is charged with extremism because of his faith. His biography is revealing

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area

In Surgut, Timofey Zhukov, who was forced to undergo a psychiatric examination in a hospital, was released after two weeks

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area

“We must get to the bottom of the truth.” In Surgut, the Head of the Human Rights Council Interviewed Witnesses Who Were Tortured​

On August 14, 2019, Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC), met with local Jehovah’s Witnesses in Surgut (Yugra) who officially announced the torture inflicted on them by law enforcement officers. The meeting was also attended by the head of the Investigative Committee in Yugra, the first deputy prosecutor of Yugra, the deputy chief of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Yugra, the deputy governor of Yugra and the mayor of the city of Surgut. On the part of the Witnesses, 28 people were present — victims, as well as members of their families who helped them cope with the psychological consequences of the experience. After the meeting, Mikhail Fedotov said: “My conclusion: We must get to the bottom of the truth. The President is very negative about the facts of torture. We remember his words that this is an absolutely unacceptable practice.”

House arrest for Andrey Sazonov prolonged till September 31, 2019, despite only 30 days in September

Peaceful Surgut citizen Pavel Romashov faces prison just because of his religious views. What do we know about him?

69-year-old pensioner Leonid Rysikov in Surgut is suspected of extremism because of his religion. Here is his bio

61-year-old disabled man, Vasiliy Burenesku, faces prison because of his faith. Read his bio

57-year-old Viktor Fefilov persecuted for his religious beliefs in Surgut. What do we know about him?

In Surgut, 50-year-old driver Igor Petrov persecuted for his faith. What is known about him?