Friday, February 14, 2020

Jehovah's Witnesses Nabbed, Tortured in Russia; Is Considered an Extremist Rel. by Russian Govt.

Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism  in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported being tortured in custody, the ABC News website reports today (February 14, 2020).

A court in Kamchatka today sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena to fines of 350,000 and 300,000 rubles ($5,500) and $4,700) for engaging in extremist activities related to their membership in the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Earlier this week the police raided some 40 homes of Jehovah's Witnesses in Chita, a city in southern Siberia, and arrested four members of the group.

One member, Vadim Kutsenko, was beaten and tasered by men who identified themselves as officers of Russia's National Guard, his lawyer Artur Ganin said.

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