2021-03-11 20:23:00

Kursk court rules that Jehovah's Witness from Denmark illegally placed in solitary confinement

Kursk, March 11, Interfax - A Kursk Region Court has upheld a decision determining that Danish citizen Dennis Christensen, who was convicted in a case involving organization of the activities of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization (recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), was placed in solitary confinement illegally, the court press service said.

"The Kursk Region Court upheld the decisions of the Lgovsky District Court of the Kursk Region, which invalidated and reversed the decisions of the administration of the establishment to discipline Christensen," the press service said.

The court found that the procedures for subjecting a person to liability were breached when Christensen was placed in solitary confinement, as Christensen, who does not speak Russian, was not provided with an interpreter.

Christensen was placed in solitary confinement for violating the procedures for serving his punishment in July 2020. He is currently at a penitentiary establishment in the Kursk Region.

The Russian Supreme Court on April 20, 2017 granted a lawsuit from the Russian Justice Ministry, recognizing the Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization and banning its activities in the territory of Russia. The Appeal Collegium of the Supreme Court upheld that decision on July 17, 2017.

In February 2019, the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Oryol found Christensen guilty of a crime envisaged by the article dealing with "the organization of the activities of an extremist organization" and sentenced him to six years in a general-security penal colony.

In June 2020, the Lgovsky District Court replaced the remainder of Christensen's term with a fine of 400,000 rubles. However, the Kursk Region Court reversed that decision in September.