RUSSIA: 2015 prosecutions for publicly sharing beliefs – JW News

In 2015, Forum 18 found 83 prosecutions of Jehovah’s Witnesses (including two communities);

Charges are brought overwhelmingly against Jehovah’s Witnesses, Forum 18 has found

Many of those prosecuted under Article 20.2 are elderly Jehovah’s Witnesses who can ill afford to pay what may be twice their monthly income. In such cases, other members of the community often contribute towards the fine, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18. Judges sometimes acknowledge defendants’ difficult financial position by reducing penalties for pensioners and the unemployed.

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