RUSSIA: 100+ Jehovah’s Witness criminal cases

By Victoria Arnold | Forum 18

More than 100 Jehovah’s Witnesses are now the subjects of criminal “extremism” cases in over a third of Russia’s regions. If brought to court and convicted, they could face up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The charges against them derive directly from the Supreme Court’s 2017 ban on Jehovah’s Witness activity throughout the country, and its decision to declare the Jehovah’s Witness Administrative Centre and all 395 local communities “extremist organisations”.

Of the more than 100 Jehovah’s Witnesses known to be facing criminal cases, as of 18 February, 26 are in pre-trial detention, 28 are under house arrest, and 42 are under travel restrictions.