Jehovah’s Witness member jailed for extremism

Dennis Christensen a Jehovah's Witness accused of extremism leaves after a court session in Oryol

The court convicted Dennis Christensen, 47, on charges of extremism some 20 months after law enforcement officials arrested him.

Some publications of the Jehovah's Witnesses are also on a list of banned extremist literature.

Dennis Christensen, a Danish Jehovah's Witness, is escorted from a court room in Orel, Russia, on Wednesday.

"Jehovah's Witnesses, as with all other religious groups, must be able to peacefully enjoy freedom of assembly without interference", the statement added.

"Deeply concerned by the six-year sentence imposed on Jehovah's Witness Dennis Christensen", she tweeted.

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In a report a year ago, Human Rights Watch accused the Russian authorities of carrying out a "sweeping campaign" of harassment and persecution against the movement.

In 2017, Russia's Supreme Court declared the Jehovah's Witnesses an "extremist organization", and ordered all of its 395 regional branches to be disbanded.

It was reported that "more than 100 criminal cases have been opened against Jehovah's Witnesses, with another 24 people in prison awaiting or on trial and a similar number under house arrest". An estimated 175,000 adherents live in Russian Federation, and they say they refrain from participation in political activities, pay taxes and obey the law.

"The verdict against Denis Christensen is a disgrace", said Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

The powerful Russian Orthodox Church has spoken out against the group, with one Church official branding it a "destructive sect".

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In December, Putin vowed to look into the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses, saying the labeling of religious communities as terrorist organizations was "complete nonsense".

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said there were clearly reasons for Christiansen's arrest but he was unaware of details.

Christensen's lawyer Anton Bogdanov said that he will likely file an appeal within 10 days after discussing the matter with his client.

Yaroslav Sivulsky who is a representative of the European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses, claimed the verdict evoked the atheist Soviet.

"It is sad that reading the Bible, preaching, and living a moral way of life is again a criminal offence in Russian Federation".

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