: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Crimean court jails Jehovah’s Witness for religious extremism

Moscow – A court in Russian-controlled Crimea jailed a Jehovah’s Witness for six years on Thursday after finding him guilty of organising the activities of a banned extremist organisation, part of a crackdown rights activists say violates religious freedom.
The court in the Crimean town of Dzhankoi explained in a statement why it had found Sergei Filatov, 47, guilty, saying he had knowingly ignored a 2017 decision from Russia’s Supreme Court which ruled the Christian denomination was an extremist organisation and should disband.

Filatov is the first Jehovah’s Witness since the Supreme Court’s ruling to be convicted for practicing his religion in …read more

Source:: Independent Online