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Jehovah’s Witness Faces Prison in Russia

Expand Dennis Christensen (behind the windows) talks with his interpreter at the Zheleznodorzhy District Court in Oryol, January 28, 2019 © 2019 Human Rights Watch As I sat in the courtroom just a few feet from Dennis Christensen, the man on trial, I marveled at how cheerful he looked, standing in the glass-enclosed defendant’s “cage.” Christensen has been behind bars for almost two years and is now facing six-and-a-half years in prison. And for what? Theft? Kidnapping? No. His “crime” is organizing religious activities for the Oryol Jehovah’s Witnesses, which a court designated “extremist”…

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