2019-05-23 17:11:00

Oryol court upholds sentence for Danish Jehovah's Witness

Moscow, May 23, Interfax - The Oryol region's court has declined an appeal against the sentence handed down to Dennis Christensen, a citizen of Denmark, the head of the local Jehovah's Witnesses (banned in Russia) community, who was convicted of extremism.

"The sentence handed down to Christensen, as regards finding him guilty and sentencing in to six years in prison, was upheld," local court press secretary Dina Yagupova told Interfax. Christensen was detained in a building on Oryol's Zheleznodorozhnaya Street on May 25, 2017, where local Jehovah's Witnesses had gathered for a Bible reading.

The Supreme Court on April 20, 2017 granted the Russian Justice Ministry's lawsuit, ruling that the Jehovah's Witnesses is an extremist organization and banning its activities on the territory of Russia. The Appeals Collegium of the Supreme Court upheld this decision on July 17, 2017.

The Zheleznodorozhny District Court in Oryol found Danish citizen Dennis Christensen, a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, guilty of organizing the activity of an extremist group and sentenced him to six years in jail in February, 2019.