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RUSSIA: Special bimonthly FORB Digest (16.10-01.11.2020)

29.10.20 – Four Jehovah’s Witnesses fail to erase criminal record

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.zaprava.ru/bryanskij-sud-podtverdil-obvinitelnyj-prigovor-4-svidetelyam-iegovy-iz-novozybkova/

On 28 October, the Briansk oblast court reviewing an appellate complaint against the sentence of four Jehovah’s Witnesses (an organization considered extremist in the R.F.) from Novozybkov left it in force. As reported on the website of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, Vladimir Khokhlov, Eduard Zhinzhikov, Tatiana Shamsheva, and Olga Silaeva remain at liberty because they had already served the time imposed on them in the pretrial investigation cell (SIZO).

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28.10.20 – Appeals court rebuffs Jehovah’s Witnesses

Link to full text in Russian: https://sarinform.ru/news/2020/10/28/225319

The Dimitrovgrad city court of Ulianovsk oblast refused a member of the Saratov congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (ruled to be extremist and its activity banned on Russian territory), Konstantin Bazhenov, his petition to substitute a milder punishment for his unserved time in a penal colony. This was reported by the press service of the court.

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27.10.20 – St. Petersburg authorities try to halt Jehovah’s Witnesses’ internet activity

Link to full text in Russian: http://rapsinews.ru/judicial_news/20201027/306440833.html

A court will consider on 14 December a lawsuit of the prosecutor’s office of St. Petersburg against Roskomnadzor to find to be extremist a mobile phone application, “JW Library,” which was created by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and distributed through the application stores Google Play and App Store, RAPSI was told at the Joint Press Service of courts of St. Petersburg.

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26.10.20 – Dennis Christensen again denied early release

Link to full text in Russian: https://credo.press/233650/

On 26 October, the Lgov district court of Kursk oblast refused to substitute a fine for the unserved portion of his prison term for the Dane Dennis Christensen. The court cited Christensen’s unwillingness to work in prison production, although such labor is contraindicated for him because of the condition of his health, a correspondent for the portal Credo.Press reports, referring to a source among Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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23.10.20 – Sect leader held in notorious Moscow psychiatric clinic

Link to full text in Russian: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=75962

Lawyers for the defendants in the case of the “Church of the Last Testament” report that the head of the community, Sergei Torop (Vissarion), was transferred to the Serbsky Institute.

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23.10.20 – A Kirov court finds Anatoliy Tokarev, a peaceful believer, guilty of extremism.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/12.html

On October 23, 2020, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Kirov announced the verdict in the case of 61-year-old Anatoliy Tokarev, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was found guilty of organizing the activities of the banned organization and fined 500 thousand rubles.

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23.10.20 – Law enforcement officials conduct another raid against believers in Russia’s Far East.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/11.html

On October 22, 2020, searches were conducted in the town of Sovetskaya Gavan (Khabarovsk Territory). Aleksey Ukhov, 40, was detained, his electronic devices were taken from him and he was placed into isolator in neighboring settlement Vanino. Details are being clarified.

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21.10.20 – Two believers, who experienced beatings in an Orenburg correctional facility, may be released early.

 Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/10.html

Saratov residents Roman Gridasov and Gennady German, sentenced to 2 years in prison for their faith, served half their sentence. In September, the defense requested their release in exchange for a fine. It is expected that the Central District Court of Orenburg will consider their application in November 2020.

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20.10.20 – Religious rights group “Article28” publicizes violations

Link to full text in Russian: http://www.sclj.ru/news/detail.phpSECTION_ID=527&ELEMENT_ID=8309

On Sunday, 18 October, at about 5:00 p.m., a group of law enforcers disrupted a religious gathering in the city of Orekhovo-Zuevo, the website of project “Article28” reports [also referred to as “Svoboda28” (Freedom28)–tr.]. According to eyewitness accounts, these were personnel from the prosecutor’s office, the police (“E” Center), and the F.S.B.

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20.10.20 – Mormon family loses appeal in European court

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.ng.ru/news/692955.html

On 20 October 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (E.C.H.R.) published a decision in the case of the pastor of the “Community of Christ” church [also known as Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—tr.], Perov v. Russia.

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19.10.20 – Moscow patriarch finalizes excommunication of extremist cleric

Link to full text in Russian: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=75941

Patriarch of Moscow and all-Rus Kirill confirmed the decision of the court of the Ekaterinburg diocese concerning expulsion from the church of schema monk Sergius (Nikolai Romanov), the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church reported on Monday evening.

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19.10.20 – The Center for Counteracting Extremism, the FSB and the Investigative Committee conducted a  joint raid on believers near Yekaterinburg

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/9.html

In the early morning of October 19, 2020, at least 5 searches of the residences of local Jehovah’s Witnesses took place in the town of Beryozovsky near Ekaterinburg. The 38-year-old Konstantin Zotov was detained, but after 3 hours of interrogation was released. Details are being clarified.

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16.10.20 – Dissident Orthodox priest taken to court

Link to full text in Russian: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=75917

The Kurgan diocese [of the Russian Orthodox Church—tr.] has declared that news reports about holding one of its parishes accountable for illegal missionary activity do not correspond to reality, inasmuch as they refer to a parish of a schismatic.

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RUSSIA: Special bimonthly FORB Digest (01-16.10.2020)

16.10.20 – Already 700 days in detention. How is trial of 66-year-old believer Saveliev going in Novosibirsk?

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/8.html

Judge Ekaterina Kashina did not release the believer from the pre-trial detention center either due to the pandemic or even after the cassation decision on the illegality of his further detention. At the sessions, the court listens to the Orthodox sectologist’s reasoning.

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15.10.20 – Russian parliament backs away from controversial change in religion law

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.pnp.ru/politics/v-gosdume-predlagayut-osvobodit-deystvuyushhikh-svyashhennikov-ot-obyazatelnoy-attestacii.html

Deputies are preparing amendments that will free clergy and religious personnel of churches who are already active from mandatory certification and from getting supplementary professional education.

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14.10.20 – In Ivanovo Region, a sentence came into force on the believer Evgeniy Spirin.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/7.html

On October 14, 2020, Ivanovo regional court upheld the sentence of Evgeniy Spirin, a 34-year-old believer from the town of Furmanov, who was fined 700 000 rubles for “extremism” by Furmanov town court in July. Given the time spent in detention, the amount payable is 500,000 rubles.

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13.10.20 – More harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Penza region

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.zaprava.ru/v-penzenskoj-oblasti-pravooxraniteli-prishli-s-obyskami-k-chetyryom-semyam-svidetelej-iegovy/

On 11 October, in Penza oblast, searches were conducted in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses (an organization ruled to be extremist in the R.F.). As reported on the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia website, armed security agents invaded the homes of at least four families of believers, who live in the city of Nikolsk, 100 kilometers from Penza.

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13.10.20 – High court in south Russia rules in Jehovah’s Witness’ favor

Link to full text in Russian: https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2020/10/13/v-dagestane-priznali-nezakonnym-otkaz-v-kompensacii-za-arest-svidetelya

On 7 October, the Dagestan Supreme Court ruled that the refusal of compensation for Jehovah’s Witness Arsen Abdullaev was not in compliance with the law; he was detailed in a SIZO for several months illegally. This was reported by Kavkaz.Realii, citing the believer’s lawyer, Maksim Pervunin.

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12.10.20 – Russian rights advocate defends Jehovah’s Witness couple

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5F840423B31BB

Judge Ivan Bogomolov of the Sverdlovsk district court of Kostroma sentenced Jehovah’s Witnesses Sergei and Valeria Raiman to suspended sentences of 8 and 7 years respectively. This was more than the state prosecution asked for.

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12.10.20 – In Stavropol, law enforcers planted banned literature on an elderly believer and “found” it during a search.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/5.html

In the afternoon of October 6, 2020 in the village of Solnechnodolsk, located about 60 kilometers from Stavropol, law enforcement officers searched the 64-year-old Gennady Serdyukov and planted three books from the Federal List of Extremist Materials.

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09.10.20 – Russian parliament upsets religious leaders

Link to full text in Russian: https://ria.ru/20201009/semya–1578897783.html

Broad discussion of a draft law concerning the procedure for removal of children from a family should have been conducted with the participation of representatives of confessions back before the introduction of the document into the State Duma, the ruling bishop of the Russian Associated Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith—Pentecostals, Sergei Riakhovsky declared.

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09.10.20- Longest prison term yet for Jehovah’s Witness

Link to full text in Russian: https://kostroma.today/news/kostromskix-svidetelej-iegovy-vstretili-posle-prigovora-cvetami/

The married couple Sergei and Valeria Raiman, who today were found guilty of creating the Kostroma organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses (forbidden in Russia and ruled extremist), were greeted today at the courtroom with flowers from relatives, friends, and fellow believers, a Kostroma Today correspondent reports.

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08.10.20 – Orthodox patriarch immobilized by COVID-19

Link to full text in Russian: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=dujour&div=447

Patriarch of Moscow and all-Rus Kirill did not participate in the traditional celebration of the day of the repose of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, which is marked on 8 October, because he is in quarantine.

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08.10.20 – Six Jehovah’s Witnesses found guilty and sentenced

Link to full text in Russian: https://73online.ru/r/v_ulyanovske_osudili_svideteley_iegovy-82180

Today, 8 October, a court issued a verdict for six residents of Ulyanovsk, members of the religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is forbidden in Russia.

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07.10.20 – An acquittal verdict – for the first time in three years – handed to one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Yuriy Zalipayev of Kabardino-Balkaria found not guilty

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/2.html

On October 7, 2020, Elena Kudryavtseva, a judge of the May District Court of Kabardino-Balkaria, acquitted Yury Zalipaev, having found the accusations of calls to extremism unproven. Unfair criminal prosecution of the believer lasted more than 4 years. If the prosecutor’s office does not appeal the sentence, it will take effect.

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02.10.20 – After the searches in Sevastopol, four peaceful believers were sent to a detention center for at least two months

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/10/1.html

On October 1, 2020, law enforcers searched at least 9 local residents in Sevastopol. The next day the court sent Vladimir Maladyka, Yevgeni Zhukov, Vladimir Sakada and Igor Schmidt to the detention center. Several years ago, law enforcers unsuccessfully tried to plant a banned book on believers.

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RUSSIA: Special bimonthly FORB Digest (16-30.09.2020)

29.09.20 – Judge says prosecution did not prove case against Jehovah’s Witness

Link to full text in Russian:

https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2020/09/29/sud-vo-vladivostoke-vernul-delo-svidetelnicy-iegovy-v-prokuraturu

The Pervorechensk district court of Vladivostok ordered the return to the prosecutor’s office of the case of Jehovah’s Witness Elena Barmakina, accused of participation in the activity of an extremist organization (part 2, article 282.2 C.C.). This is reported on the website of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

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26.09.20 – Russian parliament delays consideration of controversial changes in religion law

Link to full text in Russian: https://ria.ru/20200926/zakon-1577815329.html

The draft law “On introducing changes into federal law ‘On freedom of conscience and religious associations'” can be adopted only in the event of its approval by the traditional confessions, declared the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow patriarchate, Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Ilarion.

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25.09.20 – Black Sea resort church fined for breaking antievangelism law

Link to full text in Russian: https://anapa-ch.ru/pastora-missionerskoj-cerkvi-anapy-priznali-narushitelem-i-oshtrafovali/

During a verification of compliance with legislation on freedom of conscience and religious associations back in the summer, the Anapa inter-district prosecutor’s office established that the religious group “Tree of Life Church Anapa” was conducting missionary activity without submitting the mandatory notification about the start of its activity in the directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the territory.

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25.09.20 – Two years of conditional imprisonment for faith. A 73-year-old woman and a married couple sentenced in Kamchatka

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/09/10.html

Kamchatka residents Vera Zolotova and spouses Konstantin and Snezhana Bazhenovs were found guilty of involvement in the activities of an extremist organization.

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25.09.20 – State acts to legally abolish Siberian sect

Link to full text in Russian: https://rg.ru/2020/09/25/reg-sibfo/krasnoiarskie-prokurory-zaiavili-isk-o-likvidacii-cerkvi-poslednego-zaveta.html

On the basis of an inspection, the prosecutor’s office of Krasnoyarsk territory sent to a court a lawsuit requesting the liquidation of the religious organization “Church of the Last Testament.” As reported in the press service of the office of prosecutor general of the Russian Federation, the basis for submitting a lawsuit was incidents discovered in the course of an inspection that involved experts.

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25.09.20 – The detention of believers from Dagestan was illegal. This was the ruling of the Fifth Court of Cassation in Pyatigorsk

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/09/9.html

The confusion on the faces of prosecutors on September 21, 2020 was caused by the decision of the Fifth Court of Cassation of General Jurisdiction that the detention of of four Jehovah’s Witnesses from Makhachkala was illegal.

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24.09.20 – Russian law enforcement in Far East gives Jehovah’s Witnesses a break

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.sibreal.org/a/30855335.html

The directorate of the F.S.B. [Federal Security Service] for Sakhalin oblast in late August ended the criminal prosecution of residents of Nevelsk for religious activity. The case against Viacheslav Ivanov and Dmitry Kulakov was closed, a representative of the European Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Yaroslav Sivulsky, reported on 24 September.

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23.09.20 – Law enforcement moves against Russian sect in Siberia

Link to full text in Russian: https://tass.ru/proisshestviya/9525939

The Central district court of Novosibirsk on Tuesday placed Sergei Torop into custody; he is the founder of the Church of the Last Testament who calls himself Vissarion. Also detained were leaders of the religious association, Vladimir Vedernikov and Vadim Redkin.

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22.09.20 – Drawn-out trial reaches conclusion for Jehovah’s Witness

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/354436/

The prosecution requested two years in a penal colony settlement for a Jehovah’s Witness from Maisky, Yury Zalipaev. Zalipaev’s defense attorney requested that the court fully exonerate him, recalling the contradictions in witnesses’ testimony.

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21.09.20 – Russian parliament will consider changes in religion law tomorrow

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.ng.ru/editorial/2020-09-20/2_7968_editorial.html

On 22 September, the State Duma will consider on first reading amendments to the law “On freedom of conscience and religious association,” submitted by the government. The document has received contradictory reviews already in the stage of discussion. Some in the State Duma consider that the new rules will permit shielding citizens from extremism and improve the effectiveness of monitoring religious life.

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19.09.20 – Russian Bible Society feels harassed

Link to full text in Russian: https://credo.press/233056/

The head of the council of the Chertanovo Central district of Moscow sent to the Russian Bible Society on 16 September an order by 21 September (that is, in five days) “to carry out independently the demolition of objects” located on a plot of land rented by the society.

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19.09.20 – Bible under threat

Link to full text in Russian: http://rbo.ru/news/show/?894

In the midst of the quarantine, the Russian Bible Society received a notification from the government of Moscow that our warehouses, in which about 150,000 books of Sacred Scripture are stored, will soon be demolished.

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18.09.20 – Russian religions oppose changes in religion law

Link to full text in Russian: https://vz.ru/society/2020/9/18/458782.html

Next week will begin in the State Duma a consideration of amendments in the law “On freedom of conscience,” which, in the opinion of their initiators will prevent the appearance in Russia of religious extremists and protect the country from “religious neocolonialism.”

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17.09.20 – Russian parliament considering changes in religion law

Link to full text in Russian: https://yandex.com/turbo/vz.ru/s/news/2020/9/17/1060894.html

“We understand that the amendments are aimed, in the first place, at combating extremism and terrorism on religious grounds, but the struggle with extremism and terrorism should be conducted without causing damage to confessions that are traditional for Russia.”

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17.09.20 – Appeals court frees Jehovah’s Witness while retaining restrictions on activity

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/4493822

The Penza oblast court mitigated the sentence for Penza resident Vladimir Alushkin, who was found guilty in December of last year of organizing an extremist religious congregation. According to the account of the investigation, Alushkin and his five supporters created in Penza the “Arbekovo. Penza” religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses (considered extremist and banned in the R.F.).

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17.09.20 – Jehovah’s Witness held accountable for long past alleged indiscretions

Link to full text in Russian: https://rostof.ru/articles/v-rostove-za-pedofiliyu-osudili-svidetelya-iegovy

A resident of Rostov was found guilty of crimes against the sexual inviolability of minors and of participation in the activity of an extremist organization, the press service of the S.K.R.

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16.09.20 – The appeal filed in the City of Penza reversed the prison sentence for Vladimir Alushkin. Six believers received a suspended sentence.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/09/7.html

September 16, 2020 Penza Regional Court commuted the sentence of Vladimir Alushkin, replacing 6 years in prison with 4 years of suspended sentence.

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RUSSIA: Special bimonthly FORB Digest (16.08-02.09.2020)

02.09.20- The first convictions in Kemerovo Region have been handed down to two of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/09/2.html

On September 2, 2020, the 14-month court proceedings against Jehovah’s Witnesses Sergey Britvin and Vadim Levchuk in the town of Beryozovsky came to a conclusion.

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28.08.20- Kursk regional court to rule on September 4 whether Dennis Christensen can be set free in exchange for a large fine

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/08/9.html

On September 4, 2020 at 16:00, the Kursk Regional Court will consider the prosecutor’s appeal against the decision of of the Lgov District Court to replace Dennis Christensen with a fine of 400,000 rubles.

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28.08.20- Judge shields Jehovah’s Witness from additional examination

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/353542/

The Maisky district court did not satisfy the request of the state’s prosecutor to order a new expert analysis in the case of Jehovah’s Witness Yury Zalipaev and it scheduled the debates of the sides for 18 September, lawyer Anton Omelchenko reported.

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28.08.20- Thirty European nations condemned the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/08/8.html

On 23 July 2020, at a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), 30 member States issued a statement strongly criticizing the repression of Jehovah’s Witnesses by the Russian authorities.

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26.08.20- Orthodox activist fined for criticizing lockdown of churches in Russia

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.idelreal.org/a/30803889.html

During the “self-isolation phase” in Tatarstan, Mikhail Shcheglov sent to the president of Tatarstan a request to permit Orthodox residents of the republic to attend churches during the religious holidays.

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26.08.20- Expert opinion defends Jehovah’s Witness in criminal trial

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/353470/

At the court session in the case of the Jehovah’s Witness Yury Zalipaev from Maisky, the state’s prosecutor filed a petition to order for this case yet another expert analysis, and the defense spoke out against it, the lawyer Anton Omelchenko reported.

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24.08.20- Why are peace-loving individuals being framed as criminals? An engineer is being tried for his faith in the city of Krasnoyarsk

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/08/7.html

In Krasnoyarsk, District Court has begun consideration of the criminal case against Andrey Stupnikov, a peaceful believer accused of extremism. Who he is and why he is being tried, is described in a 4-minute video.

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21.08.20- Russia holds church accountable for coronavirus infections

Link to full text in Russian: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=75563

The Orthodox parish of the village of Ishparsovo in Bashkiria was fined 200,000 rubles for an outbreak of coronavirus. A city court of Sterlitamak issued an order concerning this.

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20.08.20- Human rights center publicizes case of Jehovah’s Witness believer

Link to full text in Russian: https://memohrc.org/ru/news_old/v-kemerovskoy-oblasti-prokuratura-zaprosila-dlya-svidetelya-iegovy-dva-goda-kolonii

On 18 August, in the debates in Berezovskii city court of Kemerovo oblast, the prosecution asked for two years in a penal colony of general regime for Jehovah’s Witness Khasan Kogut. This is reported by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

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20.08.20- More Jehovah’s Witnesses arrested in ethnic region of western Siberia

Link to full text in Russian: https://iz.ru/1050460/2020-08-20/v-khmao-zaderzhali-adeptov-svidetelei-iegovy

In Yugorsk in the Khanty-Mansi autonomous okrug [Kh.M.A.O.], a case against two residents suspected of arranging the activity of a religious cell of Jehovah’s Witnesses, whose activity is forbidden on Russian territory, was opened.

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19.08.20- Law enforcers once again search the homes of believers in the Yugra region.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/08/6.html

In the morning of August 19, 2020, law enforcers invaded at least four dwellings of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the towns of Ugorsk and the neighboring Sovetskiy. No information about the detainees had been received so far.

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Russia: Special bimonthly FORB digest (16-31.07.2020)

31.07.20 – Two separate criminal charges were filed against a Sakhalin-based believer based on the same subpart of the legal code

 Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/07/23.html

Two criminal cases were brought against Vyacheslav Ivanov from the town of Nevelsk under the same part of the “extremist” article (part 2 of article 282.2). Two large law enforcement agencies use serious resources to prosecute a civilian for believing in God and talking about the Bible.

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31.07.20 – Jehovah’s Witnesses repeatedly tried for same offenses

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.zaprava.ru/na-saxaline-v-otnoshenii-svidetelya-iegovy-fsb-i-mvd-zaveli-ugolovnoe-delo-po-odnoj-i-toj-zhe-state/

Two criminal cases on one and the same extremism article (part 2 of article 282.2 of the CC of RF—participation in an extremist association) were opened against a resident of the city of Nevelska (Sakhalin), Viacheslav Ivanov.

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 29.07.20 – Largest raid on Jehovah’s Witnesses leads to police brutality

Link to full text in Russian: https://theins.ru/news/svidetel-iegovy-iz-voronezha-rasskazal-o-pytkah-i-izdevatelstvah-vo-vremya-doprosa

A Jehovah’s Witness from Voronezh, Alexander Korol, described torture and abuse on the part of personnel of the MVD [Ministry of Internal Affairs] during interrogation. This is reported on the website Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

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29.07.20 – A raid on Solikamsk believers. After the interrogations, three men were placed in a detention facility

 Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/07/22.html

On July 28, 2020, law enforcers searched three addresses in Solikamsk. Five citizens of Russia, including women, were taken to the Investigative Committee building. After the interrogations, two believers were detained, as well as the husband of a local woman who does not share his wife’s religious views. The news is being supplemented.

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29.07.20 – “They placed a bag over my head, strangled and beat me.” A Voronezh believer tells about being tortured after being detained

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/07/21.html

Aleksandr Korol, 29, who was detained during a mass raid on Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 13, was tortured during interrogation, demanding to identify his fellow believers: he was strangled with a plastic bag and beaten.

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28.07.20 – Jehovah’s Witness fined instead of imprisoned

 Link to full text in Russian: https://www.ivanovonews.ru/news/1034040/

In the city of Furmanov of Ivanovo oblast, a sentence was pronounced on an adherent of the religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is considered in Russia to be extremist. The believer was accused of organizing a forbidden religious association.

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28.07.20 – Yevgeny Spirin from Furmanov is sentenced to a heavy fine for peaceful meetings with fellow believers.

 Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/07/20.html

On July 28, 2020, the Furmanov City Court sentenced 34-year-old Yevgeniy Spirin a fine of 700,000 rubles, ruling that conversations with fellow-worshippers about God constitute extremism.

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28.07.20 – Jehovah’s Witness in Russia convicted of extremism, concern over crackdown

 A court in Russia has convicted and fined a Jehovah’s Witnesses follower amid growing global concern over a campaign of persecution in the country against adherents of the religion.

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27.07.20 – About three billion rubles donated annually for construction of Orthodox churches in Moscow

 Moscow, July 27, Interfax – Sponsors and parishioners donate about three billion rubles ($43 million) every year for the construction of Orthodox churches in Moscow, the State Duma deputy, curator of new churches’ building in the capital Vladimir Resin said.

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25.07.20 – Four days after his release from the special punishment cell, the prison administration sent Dennis Christensen back to the special punishment cell again

 Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/07/18.html

After Christensen’s release from the punishment cell (SHIZO), where he stayed for 15 days on unjustified charges, the administration of the colony brought him there again. The reason was the believer’s refusal to work there, which is detrimental to his health.

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25.07.20 – Law enforcement forces from Surgut searched the home of Igor Petrov for the second time after his refusal to collect the items seized 1.5 years ago

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/07/19.html

July 23, 2020 in Surgut was repeated search of the apartment of Igor Petrov, which since February 2019 is under investigation. A year and a half ago, in the course of a large-scale raid, law enforcement officers seized things from the believer.

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16.07.20 – Two believers beaten and ten sent to prison in the largest raid on Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city of Voronezh

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2020/07/17.html

More than 110 searches were carried out in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 13, 2020. The homes are located across seven residential communities in the City of Voronezh region. At least two believers reported severe beatings for refusing to provide smartphone passwords.

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09.07.20 – Prosecutor asks for longest term yet for Jehovah’s Witness

On 9 July 2020, the prosecutor demanded sentencing 34-year-old Evgeny Spirin to seven years in a penal colony, concluding without rational basis that religious conversations are extremism. Evgeny does not acknowledge himself to be guilty. On 14 July he will possibly speak out with his final word. Then the Furmanov city court may issue a verdict.

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06.07.20 – Russian protestants seek removal of legal impediment to their activity

Link to full text in Russian: http://www.sclj.ru/news/detail.php?SECTION_ID=524&ELEMENT_ID=8278

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has accepted for consideration an appeal filed by lawyers of the Slavic Legal Center in the interests of the religious organization The Word of Life Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith (Pentecostals) of Dolgoprudnyi.

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02.07.20 – Activist of protestant Initsiativniki, who refuse to cooperate with state, punished

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/4399449

A magistrate judge in Troitsk (Cheliabinsk oblast) fined the leader of a local religious group of the “International Union of Churches of Evangelical Christians-Baptists” 5,000 rubles. He had not informed the regional department of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation about his preaching, the press service of the oblast prosecutor’s office reports.

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