APPELLATE COURT IN OREL LEAVES GUILTY VERDICT OF SECOND BELIEVER UNCHANGED
Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, 13 June 2019
On 13 June 2019, a panel of three judges of the Orel oblast court left in force the verdict of a district court by which Sergei Skrinnikov was sentenced for his faith to an enormous monetary fine.
Previously, on 1 April 2019, Gleb Noskov, a judge of the Zheleznodorozhny district court of the city of Orel, issued his decision to find Sergei Skrynnikov guilty under the article on "participation in activity of an extremist organization" (part 2, article 282 of the CC RF) and to sentence him to a fine amounting to 350,000 rubles. At the same time the judge considered to be contrived the accusations of encouraging the destruction of the family and non-recognition of authority that were advanced against the believer by investigators and prosecutors.
The case against Sergei Skrinnikov was separated from the criminal case of Dennis Christensen, whom the court sent to a penal colony for six years.
An enormous number of Russian and international leaders and organizations have unanimously condemned the persecution of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. These include the commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation, the Council on Human Rights under the Russian president, prominent public figures of Russia, the Foreign Policy Service of the European Union, observers of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations, and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Russian government has frequently declared that decisions of Russian courts for liquidation and prohibition of organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses "do not give an assessment of the religious teaching of Jehovah's Witnesses and do not contain restriction or prohibition of professing said teaching individually. (tr. by PDS, posted 13 June 2019)
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