Russian human rights commissioner ready to take up Jehovah's Witnesses' cases


RIA Novosti, 26 July 2017


The commissioner for human rights in the RF, Tatiana Moskalkova, reported that she still has not received appeals from Jehovists for whom criminal cases have been instigated.


One of the participants in a youth forum, "Territory of significance on the Kliazma," asked the ombudsman what she intends to do with the criminal cases of the Jehovists, and particularly with the case of Dennis Christensen.


"As to Jehovah's Witnesses: the commissioner works on the basis of appeals from citizens. The trials have just ended, which dotted the "i." I have not had the opportunity to acquaint myself with the materials of the case and these people whom you name have not yet appealed to me. I will study in order to come to my own conclusion on this matter," Moskalkova said.


The Russian Supreme Court found that the liquidation of the organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" because of the recognition of its activity to be extremist was legal.


Earlier, news media reported that 44-year-old citizen of Denmark Dennis Christensen was arrested in late May by police in Orel within the framework of the case for putting an end to the activity of the city's congregation of Jehovists. He was incarcerated for four months. (tr. by PDS, posted 26 July 2017)

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