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May 23, 2019

Dane Jailed by Russia in Jehovah’s Witnesses Crackdown Loses Appeal – JWnews

A Danish adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses jailed for six years in Russia after being found guilty of organizing a banned extremist group lost his court appeal on Thursday, a spokesman for the group said.

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May 18, 2019

Finland massively refuses asylum to Jehovah’s Witnesses from Russia – JWnews

The Finnish authorities report that about 250 refugees , Jehovah’s Witnesses from Russia, filed a total application for asylum in Finland . So far, according to the Finnish authorities, about 90 petitions have been processed. And 90% of applicants were refused. “Idel. Realities” understood what the failures are about and what they mean for those who were refused.

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May 14, 2019

Persecuted Jehovah’s Witnesses Doubles in Russia – JWnews

The number of Jehovah’s Witnesses persecuted in Russia has almost doubled after 75 more members of the religious group were added this year, the Memorial human rights group said.

Russia labeled the Jehovah’s Witnesses an “extremist” group in 2017, exposing Russia’s estimated 175,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses to mass raids and forcing at least 5,000 to flee the country.

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May 10, 2019

RUSSIA’S ANTI-MISSIONARY LAW – JWnews

After Moscow banned Jehovah’s Witnesses, the next on the line to be under the Russian scrutiny lens are the evangelical Protestants. The latter has attained the unenviable position of being the most prosecuted group as per the controversial “anti-missionary” laws in force in the country. More than 50 percent of all alleged violations cases were made against evangelicals.

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May 10, 2019

RUSSIA: 159 known “anti-missionary” prosecutions in 2018 – JWnews

The decline in 2018 appears to be primarily explained by the sharp drop in the number of Administrative Code Article 5.26 cases against Jehovah’s Witnesses, whose activities were outlawed as “extremist” by Russia’s Supreme Court in 2017. As a result of the ban there has been a steep rise in Jehovah’s Witnesses held in pre-trial detention, under house arrest, and under travel restrictions as many face “extremism”-related criminal charges. Two have been given criminal convictions (for earlier bans on individual communities) and at least a further 150 are facing criminal prosecution.

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May 10, 2019

Russian court rules to keep member of Jehovah’s Witnesses in custody – JWnews

The Oryol Regional Court has dismissed an appeal by Danish citizen Dennis Christensen, found guilty of organizing the activities of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious community (outlawed in Russia) and ruled to keep him in custody, Christensen’s lawyer Anton Bogdanov informed TASS on Wednesday.

“We have offered alternatives, including house arrest or release on bail, but the court ruled to keep Dennis Christensen in custody,” Bogdanov said.

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May 5, 2019

FSB (Russian: Federal Security Service) Laughing stock in Russia – JWnews

In Vladivostok, 84-year-old grandmother and 5 more women over 61 were accused of extremism

FSB in the Primorsky Territory distinguished themselves in front of the whole country. Pursuing an active search and trapping of terrorists and extremists in the Primorsky Territory, the FSB officers did not find more dangerous criminals than the 84-year-old grandmother and five more women, 61 and older. The FSB officers could still be understood if the grandmother and other older women had committed or intended to commit a crime or were a threat to civil society.

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May 3, 2019

China and Russia were named among the greatest violators of religious freedom – JWnews

In particular, as indicated in the report, “flagrant harassment” of local Uygur Muslims continues in China, but Beijing has not suffered any punishment for its actions. In a row with China, nine more states are put in the report, in which they also oppress people on religious grounds, and, moreover, the commission recommends that the US State Department add Russia and five more countries to this list.

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April 24, 2019

History, Russia & JWs Россия и Свидетели Иеговы – JWnews

An historic overview of the Jehovah’s Witnesses as seen through the daily news from around the world.

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April 24, 2019

RUSSIAN JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES TARGETED IN NEW RAIDS – JWnews

Russian security services have launched a series of raids against the homes and meeting places of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country’s far-eastern Siberian region, detaining several devotees.

The actions are the latest in a nationwide crackdown against the Christian denomination, which was added to Russia’s registry of extremist organizations in 2017.

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April 13, 2019

EU Citizen Abused in Russian Jail – JWnews

An EU citizen has been placed in solitary confinement, denied visitation with his wife and subjected to a grueling daily regimen while awaiting trial in central Russia, the Jehovah’s Witnesses told The Moscow Times.

The federal penitentiary service of Kirov region did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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April 13, 2019

RUSSIA IS WAGING DEMONIZATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES IN ESTONIA – JWnews

An Estonian intelligence agency said Friday that a Russian state-run television station has been demonizing Estonia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses, expanding Russia’s harassment campaign against religious minorities.

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April 13, 2019

Russia TV ‘demonized’ religious group in Estonia – JWnews

Estonia’s intelligence agency says a Russian state-controlled television station has been portraying members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Estonia in “a hostile and ridiculing” way.

Estonia’s Internal Security Service says “part of the Kremlin’s arsenal of influence is the harassment of various social groups.”

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April 13, 2019

How Jehovah’s Witnesses Persecuted and Tortured in Russia – JWnews

After that, my husband was jailed for days because he resisted the police officers, who themselves broke his knee, can you imagine?
And they pointed to a white door in the corridor, beyond which there were simply horrific cries of torture and the sound of a stun gun. I could not believe that they were torturing my fellow believers.

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April 13, 2019

The TV channel “Russia 1” tried to persecute Jehovah’s Witnesses in Estonia – JWnews

The journalists of the Russian state television channel Russia-1 secretly filmed members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses society located in the center of Tallinn, then laughed them off on television.

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April 5, 2019

RUSSIA CONVICTS ANOTHER JEHOVAH’S WITNESS OF EXTREMISM – JWnews

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Sergei Skrynnikov, a Jehovah’s Witness, was found complicit in participating in extremist organizational activities. The April 1, 2019 order by Oryol district court in southern Russia ordered the defendant to pay approximately $5,348. The judge did not order any prison time, even though the prosecution wanted detention running to three years.

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April 5, 2019

Russia defines religions they don’t like as extremist – JWnews

… prosecutors wanted a three-year jail term. A Danish follower of the sect in the same city has been jailed for six years. For all the eccentricity of their beliefs, nobody has ever seriously accused the Jehovah’s Witnesses of preparing to use force.

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April 3, 2019

Russia arresting Jehovah’s Witnesses cars – JWnews

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On February 28, 2019, a judge of the Lomonosovsky District Court of Arkhangelsk arrested two cars of the Yakku family, registered for the head of the family, Yevgeny. He is accused of continuing the activities of the Central, Arkhangelsk Local Religious Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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April 1, 2019

Russian court fines Jehovah’s Witness – JWnews

Jehovah’s Witnesses say one of their followers has been fined 350,000 rubles ($5,350) in Russia on an extremism charge related to his membership in the religious group.

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March 29, 2019

Russian Denials Of Abuse Of Jehovah’s Witnesses Dismissed As ‘Laughable’ – JWnews

Russian lawyers and rights activists have denounced the alleged torture of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Siberian city of Surgut, calling a Moscow press conference to present documentation of injuries followers of the banned religion claim to have suffered at the hands of the Russian authorities.

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March 29, 2019

Russian: Jehovah’s Witnesses tortured themselves ? — JWnews

It also claimed that forensic tests showed other injuries, including burns, which “could not have been caused” in custody “but were created later”.

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March 19, 2019

EU Citizen Abused in Russian Jail – Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

Lopes said in February that investigators in Siberia had stripped, suffocated, doused with water and applied stun guns on at least seven believers detained on extremism charges. Russia’s Investigative Committee has denied the claims.

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March 6, 2019

Russia refuses to comply with the recommendations of the Council of Europe – JWnews

The European Commission experts analyzed data from various sources for the period from 2013 to 2018. and concluded that the Russian authorities are intolerant in various fields.

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March 5, 2019

BBC: Jehovah’s Witnesses tortured by Russia (video)

In northern Russia, seven men have come forward to claim they were tortured by police because of their religious views. The men are all Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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March 1, 2019

Russia, detentions of 5 believers in Ulyanovsk – JWnews

On February 27, 2019, in Ulyanovsk, searches were conducted in at least four apartments of local residents suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A number of citizens were detained and taken for interrogation to the local department of the FSB. Five citizens were detained for 48 hours to elect a preventive measure.

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February 28, 2019

Russia Doubles Down on Small Faith Groups (video) – JWnews

Currently about 120 Jehovah’s Witnesses are facing criminal charges in Russia, with 24 in pretrial detention and 28 under house arrest, CNN reported this month, after Dennis Christensen, a Danish Jehovah’s Witness, was sentenced to six years on a charge of religious extremism.

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February 25, 2019

Russian Jehovah’s Witness Alleges Police Torture – JWnews

He said he was put on the ground and told to face the wall, and a plastic bag was repeatedly placed over his head until he gasped for breath. He said he was beaten on the groin with a stun gun, and had his fingers twisted and his ankle trampled.

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February 24, 2019

Russia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses allege ‘21st-century Inquisition’ – JWnews

Jehovah’s Witnesses have alleged abuse including suffocation and electric shock torture at the hands of Russian security forces.

Dozens were arrested in dawn raids and seven were allegedly tortured when authorities intensified a crackdown on Jehovah’s Witnesses in the western Siberian city of Surgut.

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February 23, 2019

Russian committee to investigate torture of Jehovah’s Witnesses – JWnews

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“We have still received no official notice of any torture. However, given the stir that has arisen after these reports were published in the media, a decision has been made to undertake a preliminary investigation.”

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February 23, 2019

Russian Jehovah’s Witness Alleges Police Torture – JWnews

He immediately suspected the raid was connected with his religious beliefs — as a Jehovah’s Witness, the U.S.-based religious group that Russia banned in April 2017 and has since subjected to a widening clampdown.

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