Legal Case of the Week: Jehovah’s Witness in Crimea sentenced to six and a half years in prison

Week-ending 2 April 2021 This week a court in Crimea, annexed by Russia, jailed Viktor Stashevsky, a Jehovah's Witness, for six and a half years for organising the activities of…

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Legal Case of the Week: Five Jehovah’s Witnesses in Komi charged and subjected to pre-trial restrictions for organising or participating in an ‘extremist group.’

Week-ending 5 March 2021 On 4 March 2021 five Jehovah's Witnesses in the Republic of Komi were charged with organising and participating in the activities of an extremist group. That…

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Legal Case of the Week: Two Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to terms in prison for their faith.

Week-ending 26 February 2021 On 24 February 2021 a court in Abakan, Khakassia, sentenced two Jehovah's Witnesses to prison terms on account of their faith. Roman Baranovsky was sentenced to…

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CSO of the Week: Hizb ut-Tahrir, banned as terrorist in Russia since 2003

Week-ending 19 February 2021 Hizb ut-Tahrir logo. Source: Wikipedia On 17 February 2021 at 4am armed Russian security services and National Guard raided the homes of seven Muslim men in…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Ten Muslims from Orenburg, convicted in the case of the banned Tablighi Jamaat, are political prisoners

15 February 2021 The 10 Muslims were sentenced to terms ranging from two years to six and a half years in a general regime penal colony on charges of extremism…

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Person of the Week: Aleksandr Ivshin, a Jehovah’s Witness, sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for his faith

Week-ending 12 February 2021 Photo of Aleksandr Ivshin: Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia On 10 February Aleksandr Ivshin (pictured, left), a 63-year-old Jehovah's Witness, was sentenced to seven and a half…

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Public appeal demanding the release of shaman Aleksandr Gabyshev

29 January 2021 Pictured: Elena Lukyanova, lawyer, winner of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize, a professor of the Free University, is one of the signatories of the petition defending Aleksandr…

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Quote for the Week. “There have been cases when relatives brought back to Chechnya people that we had evacuated and then these people would die or, we can say, were probably murdered” – Tim Bestsvet, spokesperson for the Russian LGBT Network, on the cases of two gay men forcibly taken from Nizhny Novgorod to Chechnya

Week-ending 5 February 2021 "They are tired and frightened. All this time they were being pressured to refuse a lawyer. There have been cases when relatives brought back to Chechnya…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Five Muslims from Chelyabinsk convicted for involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir are political prisoners

22 January 2021 In 2016 five Muslims received sentences ranging from 5.5 to 17 years in prison on charges of participation in a terrorist organisation and preparation of a violent…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Kazan resident Marsel Gimaliev, charged with involvement in the banned organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, is a political prisoner

14 January 2021 Marsel Gimaliev, who is fighting to obtain official recognition for his disability after he suffered a fractured spine, faces life imprisonment Source: Memorial Human Rights Centre Memorial…

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