In two regions of Russia have been new searches and detention of followers of “Jehovah’s Witnesses”. About police operations against the banned in Russia religious organizations in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous district (KHMAO) and the Mordovia Republic, reported on 7 February France-Presse, with reference to the statements local departments of the interior Ministry. Yesterday in the eagle the leader of the local community, “Jehovah’s Witnesses” Dane Dennis Christensen, the court sentenced him to six years imprisonment.
In KHMAO searches at home and at work the followers of the creeds held by the police, the Investigative Committee and the FSB. SK brought criminal case about the organization of activities of a religious Association, banned by a court, and the participation in it (parts 1 and 2 of article 282.2 of the criminal code). It is reported about the detention of the organizer of the local community who is charged in the case. The result will ask the court about the arrest of the detainee.
The management of the Affairs of Mordovia Republic reports about the searches and detention of followers of “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, held on 6 February. The number of detainees not yet named.
The Supreme court recognized the “administrative centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia” extremist organization on 20 April 2017. On 6 February the court of the city of eagle, the recognized leader of the local community, “Jehovah’s Witnesses” Dane Dennis Christensen guilty of extremism and sentenced him to six years imprisonment. The EU has demanded “immediate and unconditional” release Christensen. Foreign Minister of Denmark Anders Samuelsen called “unacceptable” the fact that “Jehovah’s Witnesses” in Russia related to the same category belong to “a terrorist organization”.
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have repeatedly condemned the prosecution “Jehovah’s Witnesses” in Russia. The human rights centre “memorial” recognized political prisoners 19 adherents of the organization. To the list of people persecuted for religious beliefs “memorial” has made more than 80 members of the movement “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.