Danish Jehovah's Witness returned to punishment cell


Za prava cheloveka, 15 September 2020


The Jehovah's Witness (organization ruled to be extremist in R.F.) Dennis Christensen, who was convicted of extremism and is serving his punishment in the Lgov correctional penal colony No. 3 (Kursk oblast), was again put into the punishment cell (Shtrafnoi IZOliator—ShIZO). As reported on the website "Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia," the administration of the penal colony made this decision in attempting to get Christensen to do tasks that are contraindicated for him for medical reasons.


The Jehovah's Witness was placed in the ShIZO for 10 days. This is now the third time that Christensen has been put into the punishment cell. The man was previously given this punishment for the same reason: the man refused to do work that is contraindicated for him. On 26 June 2020, the believer was put into the ShIZO for ten days and then his detention was extended another five days because he had been in a dining room at the wrong time and he had been in the barracks in a tee-shirt, without a jacket.


We recall that Jehovah's Witness Dennis Christensen was charged with creating an extremist association (part 1, article 282, CC RF). In late May 2017, the believer was arrested in the city of Orel. On 6 February 2019, the Zheleznodorozhny district court of the city of Orel sentenced Christensen to six years in a penal colony of general regime. About a year ago, the Jehovah's Witness got the right to a probationary early release. On 26 June 2020, after several refusals, the Lgov district court finally granted the petition of Christensen's lawyers for parole and required the believer to pay a fine of 400,000 rubles after he was set free. However, the prosecutor's office filed an appeal against this decision. On 4 September 2020, the Kursk oblast court, having considered this appeal, reversed the decision of the Lgov district court and remanded Christensen's case for a new consideration. (tr. by PDS, posted 15 September 2020)

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