Monday, September 23, 2019

Russian Court Sentences Six Jehovah’s Witnesses to Lengthy Prison Terms

Paul Goble

            Staunton, September 20 – As of last week, there was only one Jehovah’s Witness in a Russian prison; and he is a Danish subject whose case is currently being reviewed by the European Court for Human Rights. But yesterday, a Saratov court sentenced six Russian witnesses to prison camps for terms of two to three years. 

            The six were charged with “participating in organization of an extremist group,” Russian legalese in this case referring to private religious services. Prosecutors sought even harsher sentences than the court handed out (, and

            After their sentencing, the six read from the Bible and declared that they did not wish any evil to be visited upon their persecutors.

            Given the large number of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia who have been charged up to now, more such absurd and unconstitutional convictions and sentences are likely in the coming weeks and months (

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