The Russian community of Jehovah’s Witnesses has been under sustained pressure for some time. Following the conviction of Dennis Christensen in February, co-chair Peter van Dalen, along with Jude Kirton-Darling, Brando Benifei and Romeo Franz wrote to HRVP Federica Mogherini to find out how the EEAS is addressing the restrictions on FoRB in Russia (letter below).
The response (below) is timely. Mr Christensen’s final appeal will be held on May 23, after which the court will decide whether or not to uphold his 6 year sentence. Mr Christensen has already spent 2 years in prison. We at the Intergroup hope that the Russian courts will pay credence to International Law and overturn Mr Christensen’s sentence, and commit themselves to ensuring that the right of Russian citizens to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief is upheld.
Jehovahs Witnesses in Russia
A-2019-2702630-MEPs on the conviction of Dennis Christensen in Russia