• Joseph Bonner

Danish citizen arrested in Russia for being one of Jehovah's Witnesses


By: Joseph Bonner

According to reports, some 15 heavily armed Russian police and Federal Security Service (FSB) officers raided a peaceful religious service of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city of Oryol (also known as Orel).

Danish citizen Dennis Christensen, who is also one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, was detained overnight in FSB custody. The Soviet District Court of Oryol granted the application of the FSB and ordered Mr. Christensen to be jailed in pretrial detention pending completion of the FSB criminal investigation.

Mr. Christensen is the first foreigner to be included in these official actions against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia since the Russia Supreme Court decision. If convicted, Mr. Christensen faces the possibility of a lengthy term of imprisonment.

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