Week-ending 30 July 2021
On 29 July 2021 a court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced three Jehovah’s Witnesses to terms in prison for organising the activities of an extremist organisation. Aleksandr Parkov and Arsen Avanesov were sentenced to six and a half years’ imprisonment; Vilen Avanesov was sentenced to six years.
The Moscow Times, 30 July 2021: A Russian district court in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don sentenced three Jehovah’s Witnesses to six years in prison on extremism charges on Thursday, the religious organization told The Moscow Times in an emailed statement. Alexander Parkov and Arsen Avanesov were sentenced to six and a half years, and Vilen Avanesov to six years in prison. All three had pleaded “not guilty.”
See also: Memorial Human Rights Centre [in Russian].