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Jehovah's Witness faces stern penalty in court

PROSECUTOR ASKS 3.5 YEARS IN PENAL COLONY FOR PERM RESIDENT FOR HIS FAITH

Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, 28 June 2019

 

A court proceeding has been completed in Perm in the case of Alexander Soloviev, who is charged on the basis of part 1 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the RF (arranging the activity of an extremist organizations). The prosecutor's office requested to send the 48-year-old believer to a prison colony for a term of three and a half years.

 

The trial took place in six sessions and the sentence is scheduled for 4 July 2019 at 11:00. At the same time, there were no victims in the case.

 

Alexander Soloviev may become the second Jehovah's Witness in Russia who is sent to prison for his faith. Earlier this month, Dennis Christensen, a believer from Orel, was sent to serve his incarceration in Kursk oblast.

 

Recently, the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses has been growing and a record number of believers, 37, are detained in a SIZO [pretrial investigation cell] in various cities of the country. This is happening despite the fact that the government of Russia has assured that the decisions of Russian courts about the liquidation and prohibition of organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses "do not give an evaluation of the religious teaching of Jehovah's Witnesses and do not contain a restriction or ban on professing individually the aforementioned teaching." Attention to religious repression has frequently been drawn by public figures, the Council on Human Rights under the Russian president, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, and other Russian and international organizations. (tr. by PDS, posted 28 June 2019)


Background article:

Judge has some mercy on Jehovah's Witness
May 28, 1805


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