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RUSSIA: Jehovah's Witnesses and Muslims face up to six years' imprisonment

 

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Taganrog Jehovah's Witness trial continues

The 61st hearing in the criminal trial of 16 Jehovah's Witnesses at Taganrog City Court took place on 17 June. Proceedings were again adjourned, and the next hearing is due to be held on 24 June, according to the court website. 

The defendants were all members of the now-dissolved community declared "extremist" by Rostov-on-Don Regional Court in September 2009. The decision was upheld by Russia's Supreme Court in December 2009 (see F18News 8 December 2009 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1385).

The 16 stand accused of continuing the banned organisation's activities after the ruling came into force. The proceedings have been characterised by lengthy indictments (running to 900 pages) and long periods of questioning of the defendants (12 hours over two days in the case of Yury Baklushin, the first of them to take the stand, according to the Caucasian Knot news website).

The sixteen defendants are: Yuri Baklushin, Aleksei Koptev, Aleksandr Skvortsov, and Nikolai Trotsyuk (all elders who are charged with organisation of extremist activity under Article 282.2, Part 1, and involvement of minors in a criminal group or crimes motivated by political, ideological, racial, ethnic or religious hatred or enmity under Article 150, Part 4); Kirill Chetverikov, Andrei Goncharov, his wife Oksana Goncharova, Vladimir Kozhukhov, Tatyana Kravchenko, her son Kirill Kravchenko, Vladislav Kruglikov, Karen Minasyan, Vladimir Moyseenko, Vyacheslav Shchekalev, Nikolai's son Sergei Trotsyuk and Roman Voloshchuk (all charged with involvement in extremist activity under Article 282.2, Part 2). 

 

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in http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=1971

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There isn't one particle of human life that isn't affected by Satan and his henchmen. They are making it as miserable as possible, like the birth pains of a pregnant woman. When Armageddon hits we will all be ready, even if we are slumped over and 'one eyed'. Beaten but not defeated.  

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I agree with you Cheryl.  By the time Armageddon gets here , we will either welcome death and be happy to die faithfully or just totally seeing with eyes of faith Jehovah's next move!    I don't think any of us will fear what can happen to us by then because we will know how Jehovah feels about our stand and that will be all that matters to any of us.  Put a bullet in my head - Jehovah can stop it if he wants to and if not - I won't know the difference when I'm resurrected.  Our recent Watchtower article made the statement "it will appear as if we will not survive" and then Jehovah will act - Jehovah could not rightly call himself a Savior and Deliverer and Refuge for us at that time if he allowed very many to die - even one would be too precious a price for him.

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I agree with you Cheryl.  By the time Armageddon gets here , we will either welcome death and be happy to die faithfully or just totally seeing with eyes of faith Jehovah's next move!    I don't think any of us will fear what can happen to us by then because we will know how Jehovah feels about our stand and that will be all that matters to any of us.  Put a bullet in my head - Jehovah can stop it if he wants to and if not - I won't know the difference when I'm resurrected.  Our recent Watchtower article made the statement "it will appear as if we will not survive" and then Jehovah will act - Jehovah could not rightly call himself a Savior and Deliverer and Refuge for us at that time if he allowed very many to die - even one would be too precious a price for him.

I noticed that sentenced also in the WT and has been on my mind.    Praying to Jehovah that I'm prepared for what lies ahead.   It is only by Jehovah's spirit that any may survive.    Now's the time to pray for and build more faith.  

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