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IRAN: Monthly news Digest about Baha’is in Iran in April (05.05.2021)

Home searches and arrests in Baharestan, Isfahan Province

Hrana / Sens Daily (25.04.2021) – https://cutt.ly/ebcLlVB – Thirteen Baha’i homes were raided, and eight Baha’is were arrested, in Baharestan, Isfahan, on the morning of April 25. Those arrested are named as Saara Shakib, Firouzeh Rastinejaad, Saanaaz Raasteh , Azita Rezvaani, Mozhgaan Pourshafi, Nasreen Khaademi, Afshin Vajdaani and his wife Noushin Hemmat.

There was some violence during the raid on Saara Shakib’s house. The agents at her home also had a warrant for Samira Shakib. The other raids were also violent, and in one case a door was broken down because there was nobody home.

Saara Shakib’s brother, Sina Shakib, a fourth semester student of statistics and applications at the University of Isfahan, was recently expelled because of his Baha’i beliefs. She was expelled first from the student accommodation, and then from the University, because of her Baha’i beliefs. Another sister, Samira Shakib, was barred from enrolling in a tertiary institution, when her file was marked “incomplete.” The siblings’ mother was also barred from university.

 

Manizheh A`zamiyaan arrested and released in Babol

Hrana/ Sens Daily (20.04.2021) – https://cutt.ly/EbcZFy5 – On April 13, security forces in Babol, a city on the Caspian Coast, arrested Mrs. Manizheh A`zamiyaan. Next day, she was released on bail of 50 million tumans (10,000 euros ; $US 12,000). Four days before her arrest, security forces raided her home and seized some personal effects including mobile phones, computer hard drives, flash drives, and pictures, books and other printed matter relating to the Baha’i Faith.

After the morning search, the agents asked her to go to the office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Babol for interrogation. She did so, and was questioned for several hours. This was repeated several times in the days before her arrest. Mrs. A`zamiyaan is 52 years old. Intelligence agents also contacted several of her contacts, stored on her mobile phone, and summoned them for questioning about their contacts with Mrs. A`zamiyaan.

 

Mo’in Mohammadi again sentenced to prison

Hrana/ Sens Daily (15.04.2021) – https://cutt.ly/JbcXPHL – A Revolutionary Court in Yazd has sentenced Mo’in Muhammadi to 19 months and 16 days in prison, based on a case file for which he has already been tried, sentenced, had his sentence reduced by the Review Court to electronic monitoring by wearing a tracking bracelet for one year, and has served out that penalty.

He was arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on January 9, 2019. At the end of March he was sentenced to six years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Yazd, and was released on bail on April 10. In July, the Review Court for the Province of Yazd reduced his sentence, for “propaganda against the regime” to one year of electronic surveillance by wearing a tracking bracelet. He was required to remain within the city of Yazd and the associated industrial park where he works. The Review Court acquitted him of another charge of membership of groups opposed to the regime.

The Prosecutor objected to the Review Court’s decision and the case was re-tried in Iran’s Supreme Court, which overturned the Review Court decision and returned the case to the Revolutionary Court where the Judge has sentenced him to the maximum penalty for membership of groups opposed to the regime — 31 months and 16 days — but has deducted the 12 months he wore an ankle bracelet to give a sentence of 19 months and 16 days. The Revolutionary Court also sentenced him to 7 months and 16 days for propaganda against the regime, but this time is not added to his sentence because the two sentences are concurrent, as usual under Iranian law. Mr. Mohammadi was not aware of the Prosecutor’s objection or the Supreme Court trial, and was therefore not represented or defended. The Supreme Court’s decision has not been formally notified, let alone explained.

 

Eight Baha’is free on furlough in Bandar Abbas

Hrana / Sens Daily (15.04.2021) – Arash Raasekhi, Omid Afaaqi, Mehrollah Afshaar Nasim Qanawaateyaan, Adib Haqq-pazhuh , Farhaad Amri, Maaraal Raasti and Mahnaaz Jaan-Nethaar were released from prison on April 14. They began their one and two-year sentences in late February and early April, and the report does not indicate why they would be granted furlough so soon. A previous report on Sen’s Daily has details of their trials and sentences.

 

Seven arrests in Shiraz

Hrana / Sens Daily (09.04.2021) – https://cutt.ly/ubvJf5E – Sa`id Ettehaad, Qaasem Ma`sumi, Siyaamak Honavar, Soroush Abaadi, Sadiqeh Aqdasi and `Aliyyeh Farutan were arrested in home raids in Shiraz on April 6, and Farzandi Ardakaani was arrested the previous evening. During the raids, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence seized their personal effects such as books and electronic devices.

They were arrested and taken to a detention centre. Latest reports indicate that the home raids have continued in Shiraz — more details are expected.

Soroush Abaadi was one of three Baha’is arrested on October 21, 2019: it was later claimed that the three Baha’is were holding a religious ceremony intended to eclipse the Arba’een Pilgrimage in Karbala. [!]

 

Nine Baha’is summoned to prison in Andisheh and Karaj

Hrana / Sens Daily (08.04.2021) – https://cutt.ly/ZbvHQLi – Mr. Houman Khoushnam, Mrs. Ilhaam Salmaanzaadeh, Mr. Payaam Sha’baani, Mr. Keyaanush Salmaanzaadeh, Mr. Soroush Agaahi, Parvaan Ma`navi, Mrs. Jamileh Paakrou, Mr. Paymaan Ma’navi and Mrs. Neda Shabaani have been summoned to report to prison within five days to serve one-year sentences. They were charged with propaganda against the regime through activity and propaganda for the Baha’is.

At the time of their arrest, agents searched the homes of some of these detainees and seized personal belongings, including books, computers, laptops and mobile phones. The business premises of some of them were also sealed after their arrest.

 

Four Baha’i women go to jail in Mashhad

Hrana / Sens Daily (06.04.2021) – https://cutt.ly/vbc0DMj – Nika Paakzaadaan, Saanaaz Es-haaqi, Nakisa Hajipour and Noghmeh Dhabihayan began their one-year sentences in Mashhad’s Vakil-Abaad prison on April 6. These four were arrested, tried and sentenced in a group of five: Faraaneh Daaneshgari is not mentioned in this report.

The five were arrested on November 13, 2015, at the same time as agents from the Ministry of Intelligence also arrested 15 other Bahais in Tehran and Isfahan, and Baha’i-run businesses were closed down in Mazandaran Province. Judge Baagh-dehi, sitting in the Revolutionary Court in Mashhad on 28 September, 2019, sentenced them to one year in prison and the Review Court for Khorasan Province confirmed the prison terms in late December.

 

Maaraal Raasti and Mahnaaz Jaan-Nethaar begin their sentences

Hrana / Sens Daily (03.04.2021) – Maaraal Raasti and Mahnaaz Jaan-Nethaar were taken to Bandar Abbas prison to begin their sentences on April 3. They were among the eight Baha’is who, as previously reported, were summoned in late February.

 





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CHINA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly FoRB newsletter

General

26.04.21 – USCIRF, China aid release yearly reports on religious liberty

China Aid focused on house church Christians persecuted in China, USCIRF singled out 14 countries, insisting for a tougher stand on Russia.

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21.04.21 – China: national security education day focused on fighting illegal religion

On April 15, Chinese were called to support repression of banned religions, including Falun Gong, The Church of Almighty God, and the Association of Disciples

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20.04.21 – Rural settlements ordered to intensify crackdown on religion

In order to qualify as “Beautiful Villages,” they should report that illegal (and preferably also legal) religious activity has been eradicated.

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19.04.21 – Grid system used to target “illegal” religion

The Orwellian system of dividing China into 100×100 meter grids for surveillance now includes grid officers in charge of hunting members of banned religious groups.

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16.04.21 Association of disciples: Two making Red Cross flags arrested in Hunan

Sewing the wrong flag will land you in jail for several years in China.

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Uyghur Muslims

27.04.21 – China’s attempt to spy on Uyghurs at home and abroad

China today hosts a complex web of surveillance systems to keep track of its citizens and critics, both at home and abroad. Not only does the Chinese state operate multiple systems to maintain surveillance on its citizens, but it also tasks private companies working in China to further enhance its network of human and technical spies

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The Church of Almighty God

27.04.21 – Church of Almighty God: 750 arrested in three months

Between January and March 2021, in Jiangsu, Henan, Sichuan, and other provinces, devotees were arrested. Many were tortured.

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Falun Gong

29.04.21 – Falun Gong: Share an App with friends, go to jail for 3 and a half years

In Guizhou, one Peng Biao went to prison just for sending to friends a QR code allowing to download the “Shenzhou Mingmei” application.

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29.04.21 – 69-year-old man suddenly dies in prison while serving time for his faith

A Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province resident passed away on April 4, 2021 while serving a seven-year term for his faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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29.04.21 – Jilin woman arrested in a police sweep secretly sentenced to prison

Ms. Zhou Yongjie’s family had been kept in the dark of her situation after she was arrested in a police sweep about two and a half years ago. It wasn’t until the end of 2020 that the authorities informed her family that she had been sentenced to four years for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

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Catholics

27.04.21 – Fined for hosting underground bishop’s mass. The Sino-Vatican Agreement betrayed

A Catholic from Zhejiang is fined for hosting Msgr. Shao Zhumin in his private chapel. The prelate, recognized by the Holy See, but not by the Party, is branded as an emissary of a “foreign institution”. All attempts by the Party to eliminate pastors and unofficial communities, tearing up the premises of the Agreement between China and the Holy See.

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19.04.21 – Chinese Church: ’knowing, thanking, listening, following the Party’

Across China, multiple celebrations mark the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Catholics and other believers can choose among a panoply of seminars, conferences, trips, visits, and exhibits. For Mgr Ma Yinglin, without the Communist Party there would be no New China, no socialism with Chinese characteristics, and no happy life for people today.

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RUSSIA: Special bimonthly on freedom of religion or belief (16-31.03.2021)

01.04.21 – St. Petersburg court bans mobile app of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

St. Petersburg, April 1, Interfax – The Oktyabrsky District Court of St. Petersburg has declared as extremist the mobile app  JW Library  of the religious organization  Jehovah’s Witnesses , banned in Russia, and prohibited its distribution in the territory of Russia, the press service for the city prosecutor’s office said.

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31.03.21 – Peaceful Believer Oleg Danilov in Krasnodar territory sentenced to 3 years in prison for religious beliefs

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/22.html

On March 30, 2021, Olga Khomchenkova, judge of the Abinsky District Court of the Krasnodar Territory, announced the verdict to Jehovah’s Witness Oleg Danilov: 3 years in a general regime colony for his faith. He was found guilty of participation in the activities of an “extremist” organization.

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30.03.21 – CRIMEA: Longest jail term so far

Of the four jail terms handed down in Crimea to punish the exercise of freedom of religion or belief, 54-year-old Jehovah’s Witness Viktor Stashevsky received the longest so far. A Sevastopol court jailed him on 29 March for six and a half years, with a further seven years under restrictions, which are due to end in 2034.

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29.03.21 – In Crimea, the harshest sentence for faith in Jehovah was passed: Viktor Stashevsky was sentenced to 6 and a half years in prison

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/20.html

On March 29, 2021, the judge of the Gagarinsky District Court of Sevastopol, Pavel Kryllo, found Jehovah’s Witness Viktor Stashevskiy guilty of organizing the activities of an extremist community (part 1 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and sentenced him to 6.5 years in a general regime colony.

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29.03.21 – Appeal in Rostov-on-Don upheld the verdict of Semyon Baybak, convicted of faith

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/19.html

On March 29, 2021, the Rostov Regional Court confirmed the sentence to Semyon Baybak in the form of 3.5 years of suspended sentence. The Rostov resident was found guilty of extremism for peaceful religious beliefs. The verdict entered into force, but it can be appealed in cassation and in international instances.

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29.03.21 – Four Jehovah’s Witnesses detained in Sochi, among them a woman

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/18.html

On March 24, 2021, 4 believers were detained and placed in a temporary detention center in Sochi. Two days later, the court ruled to detain 54-year-old Vladimir Deshko and 48-year-old Tatyana Velizhanina in jail. 54-year-old Yuriy Logininskiy and 56-year-old Yuriy Moskalyov were placed under house arrest.

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24.03.21 – Dennis Christensen can now receive letters in three languages

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/17.html

On March 18, 2021, it became known that Dennis Christensen had the opportunity to receive letters also in English and Danish, in addition to Russian. Dennis is thrilled with this opportunity as he receives dozens of letters every day.

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24.03.21 – A Komsomolsk-on-Amur prosecutor requested a six-years penal colony for believer Nikolay Aliyev

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/16.html

On March 23, 2021, during the debate in the Tsentralny District Court of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the prosecutor asked the court to send 42-year-old Nikolai Aliyev to a general regime colony for 6 years, followed by restraint of freedom for 2 years. His only “fault” is that he professes the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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23.03.21 – A Sevastopol prosecutor is demanding a seven-year imprisonment for Viktor Stashevskiy charging him for believing in Jehovah God

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/15.html

On March 22, 2021, during the debate in the Gagarinskiy District Court of Sevastopol, the prosecutor requested a sentence of 7 years in prison for the 54-year-old Viktor Stashevskiy. On March 29, the believer will deliver the last word, after which the court can pronounce a sentence on him.

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23.03.21 – A Rostov-on-Don appeals court upheld Galina Parkova’s guilty conviction for practicing her faith

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/14.html

On March 22, 2021, the Rostov Regional Court considered the complaint of Galina Parkova against the verdict of the lower court. She asked to be found not guilty of committing a crime under the article “participation in the activities of a prohibited organization”. But the appellate panel upheld the verdict.

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22.03.21 – A Taganrog home of one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who previously served more than five years of probation for practicing his faith, was searched again

On March 20, 2021, the police searched the home of 58-year-old Taganrog-based Aleksandr Skvortsov, having previously placed his home under audio surveillance. Approximately ten years ago, the security forces already invaded the home of this peaceful believer. At that time, he endured exhausting court hearings and served a suspended sentence.

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16.03.21 – The Jewish Autonomous Region court confirmed Yevgeniy Golik’s conviction of a two-and-a-half year probation for discussing the Bible

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/10.html

On March 16, 2021, the Court of the Jewish Autonomous Region, having considered Evgeniy Golik’s appeal against the verdict of the Birobidzhan District Court, left the suspended sentence – 2.5 years – unchanged. The verdict entered into force, but can be appealed at the cassation instance.

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CHINA: Special Bimonthly FORB Digest (16.03-31.03.2021)

General

26.03.21 – House Church under attack in Guiyang

Guiyang Renai Reformed Church organized private meetings in a hotel room. After a police raid, three members and the elder were arrested.

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Tibetan buddhists

25.03.21 – Diluting Tibetan Buddhism to cancel an entire people

Bitter Winter’s review of the new report by International Campaign for Tibet. Destroying religion is the CCP’s preferred road to destroying Tibet’s culture and soul.

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Uyghur Muslims

27.03.21 – Confirmed: CCP hackers target pro-Uyghur accounts on Facebook

A secret group known as Earth Empusa or Evil Eye is attacking the accounts of those exposing repression in Xinjiang.

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The Church of Almighty God

19.03.21 – New tortures target Church of Almighty God members

Women and men are sentenced merely for being active in the church, and tortured and humiliated during their detention. Some suffer permanent harm.

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15.03.21 – Christian mistreated, tormented for refusing to give up belief

In July 2020, Li Huizhen (pseudonym), a Christian of The Church of Almighty God (CAG), was finally got out of prison after she completed her 3-year sentence term for her belief due to the CCP cruel persecution.

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Falun Gong

29.03.21 – 77-year-old Woman Sentenced to Four Years for Her Faith

After one and a half years of detention, Ms. Wang Xuezhen, 77, lost the ability to walk on her own due to the abuses in custody. She is now facing a dire situation after being sentenced to four years in prison on March 17, 2021, for upholding her faith in Falun Gong.

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29.03.21 – Shandong man sentenced to seven years for his faith

A Dongying City, Shandong Province, man secretly sentenced to seven years for practicing Falun Gong was transferred to the Shandong Province Prison on March 9, 2021, without his family’s knowledge

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24.03.21 – Falun Gong: Police cracks down on “Nine True Words” meditation

Suggesting meditation to help dealing with COVID-19 is regarded as “use of a xie jiao” and punished with heavy prison terms.

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Catholics

25.03.21 – Yining (Xinjiang): ‘Thanks to you, the church has not been destroyed. But Catholics cannot use it ‘

Thanks to the pressure exerted by AsiaNews, the church of the Sacred Heart was not demolished. Tensions in the country over the seizure of land. The faithful had already removed the furnishings and decorations. But the building cannot be used because water, electricity and other services have been cut off by the government.

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22.03.21 – Vatican should speak up on China, scholar says

A Swedish scholar who studies China has called for the Vatican to speak up about human rights abuses by the Chinese government, noting that “dialogue on equal terms is not what is happening.”

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19.03.21 – Has the Vatican lost its voice in China?

2020 ended on a sad note for China–Vatican relations. News emerged on 30 December that two nuns from the unofficial Vatican office in Hong Kong were detained for three weeks in Hebei in May 2020. They were not allowed to return to Hong Kong and likely remain under house arrest.

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RUSSIA: Special bimonthly newsletter on freedom of religion or belief (01-15.03.2021)

15.03.21 – Russian repression of religious minorities promoted in Paris

The notorious Alexander Dvorkin and some of his friends claimed they are those who are persecuted—by the U.S. and Bitter Winter.

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15.03.21 – The Court of the Jewish autonomous region confirmed the conviction of Yevgeniy Golik: 2.5 years of probation for talking about the Bible

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/9.html

On March 15, 2021, the judge of the Nadezhdinsky District Court of the Primorsky Territory, Diana Merzlyakova, considered the participation of 77-year-old Vladimir Filippov in peaceful religious services as extremism and sentenced him to 6 years of probation with a probationary period of 4 years and restriction of freedom for 1 year.

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12.03.21 – A Chelyabinsk court sentenced 73-year-old Valentina Suvorova, a past award recipient for dedication to her profession, to a two-year probation for reading the Bible

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/8.html

CLARIFICATION. On March 11, 2021, the Metallurgicheskiy District Court of Chelyabinsk labeled Valentina Suvorova’s, a retiree, activities as extremist because she “sang songs” and “prayed to Jehovah God.” The believer was given a two-year suspended sentence with additional restrictions on certain activities for a period of six months and a one-year probationary period (initially it was reported that the believer was given a one-year suspended sentence).

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12.03.21 – Jewish Autonomous Region court upholds Anastasiya Sycheva’s suspended sentence for participating in Jehovah’s Witnesses worship services

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/6.html

On March 11, 2021, the court of the Jewish Autonomous Region upheld the conditional sentence of 43-year-old Anastasia Sycheva from Obluchye. The verdict entered into force. The believer insists on her innocence. She has the right to appeal against the verdict in cassation, as well as in international instances.

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11.03.21 – Kursk court rules that Jehovah’s Witness from Denmark illegally placed in solitary confinement

Kursk, March 11, Interfax – A Kursk Region Court has upheld a decision determining that Danish citizen Dennis Christensen, who was convicted in a case involving organization of the activities of the  Jehovah’s Witnesses organization (recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), was placed in solitary confinement illegally, the court press service said.

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11.01.21 – A wave of searches in homes of believers in Yalta. A new criminal case was initiated

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/7.html

On March 11, 2021, one more series of searches took place in Yalta in at least 9 homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Four people were detained for interrogation, one of them was taken by the security forces to Simferopol.

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11.03.21 – A sixth criminal case in the Amur Region. FSB searches 12 Belogorsk-based believers

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/5.html

On the morning of March 4, 2021, groups of security officials conducted searches at 6 addresses in the city of Belogorsk (Amur Region). 12 believers were taken to the local FSB department and later released. A criminal case was initiated for extremist activity based on religion.

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10.03.21 – A State prosecutor requested an unprecedented sentence for Jehovah’s Witnesses from Volgograd — nine years in prison for practicing one’s faith

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/4.html

On March 9, 2021, during the debate in the criminal case against four Jehovah’s Witnesses in Volgograd, assistant prosecutor Anna Myagkova requested 9 years in a general regime colony for Valery Rogozin and Denis Peresunko, and 7 years for Igor Yegozaryan and Sergey Melnik.

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05.03.21 – A Nizhny Novgorod court sentenced Sergey Verkhoturov to six years of suspended sentence for reading the Bible

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/3.html

On March 5, 2021, Denis Kiselyov, a Prioksky District Court judge, found Sergey Verkhoturov guilty of organizing the activities of a banned organization and sentenced him to a six-year suspended sentence with a four-year probationary period. The believer is insisting he is completely innocent.

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03.03.21 – Moscow, the old believers in defence of Jehovah’s Witnesses

The schismatic 17th century community defends “the inalienable right” for the outlawed religious group, even if “they do not share doctrine and ideas”. The Old Believers have suffered past “destruction of churches, confiscation of sanctuaries”, with “exile and imprisonment, torture and the death penalty”. The repression of freedom of conscience raises tensions, conflicts and divisions in society.

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03.03.21 – Putin orders Interior Ministry to prosecute provocateurs, suppress all manifestations of extremism

Moscow, March 3, Interfax – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Interior Ministry to resolutely suppress all manifestations of extremism and to prosecute provocateurs who incite people to commit unlawful acts.

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March 21 – Situation review of human rights in 2021

The monitoring review was prepared by the Crimean Human Rights Group on the Basis of materials collected in February 2021.

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03.03.21 – Homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses were searched in Syktyvkar. Three believers are now behind bars

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/1.html

On the morning of March 2, 2021, at least 14 families of local believers were searched in Syktyvkar. Four men were detained and placed in a temporary detention center. One of them, 59-year-old Sergei Ushakhin, was later released on recognizance not to leave. The rest are awaiting a court decision as they are prevented.

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02.03.21 – A Rostov-on-Don appeal upheld the conviction of believer Ruslan Alyyev

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2021/03/2.html

On March 1, 2021, the Rostov Regional Court upheld the sentence against Ruslan Alyev. The court of appeal recognized him as a member of a banned organization. The believer will be imprisoned for 2.5 years conditionally.

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