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Friday 31 May 2019

RUSSIA: Jehovah's Witness criminal cases - list


Full list of 189 Jehovah's Witnesses (aged between 19 and 84) known to have

been charged or named as suspects for "extremism"-related "crimes" as of 31

May 2019. Of these, 29 are in detention, 28 under house arrest and 73 under

travel restrictions. Cases against three were handed to court in late May.


RUSSIA: Jehovah's Witness criminal cases - list


By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18


As of today (31 May) at least 189 Jehovah's Witnesses across Russia face

criminal prosecution for exercising their freedom of religion or belief on

"extremism"-related charges, which they resolutely deny. The majority are

in detention, under house arrest, or under travel restrictions. Armed raids

continue on Jehovah's Witness homes, and some people have been arrested at

their workplaces.


The cases against three of these individuals (in Tomsk and Polyarny) have

already been completed and in late May were handed to court for trial (see



The number of individuals facing criminal prosecution has been steadily

rising. In September 2018 it had reached about 70. In February 2019 126

Jehovah's Witnesses were facing criminal prosecutions, the majority of whom

were in detention, under house arrest, or under travel restrictions





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