128 more Jehovah's Witnesses are political prisoners or victims of politically motivated prosecutions

23.08.2021

The total number of Jehovah’s Witnesses prosecuted for belonging to the faith’s communities exceeds 500. This is the largest group on our list of political prisoners

Memorial Human Rights Centre has recognized a further 37 Jehovah's Witnesses as political prisoners, of whom 17 are in custody and 20 under house arrest.

We have recognized a further 91 believers as victims of politically motivated prosecutions. These individuals are defendants in criminal cases, but have been given bail.

Most of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been charged with organizing the activities of an extremist organization (Article 282.2, Part 1, of the Russian Criminal Code), participation in such an organization (Article 282.2, Part 2, of the Russian Criminal Code) or involving others in such activities (Article 282.2, Part 1.1, of the Russian Criminal Code). Some have also been charged with financing extremist activities (Article 282.3, Part 1, of the Russian Criminal Code).

General Statistics

Altogether in our list of political prisoners there are a total of 88 Jehovah's Witnesses imprisoned on charges related solely to their religious affiliation. Fifty-four of them are in custody and 34 are under house arrest. Of those in custody, 29 await the outcome of their trials in pre-trial detention and 25 have been sentenced to terms ranging from two to eight years.

Eighty-one Jehovah’s Witnesses have been given suspended sentences and at least 347 others are being prosecuted but are not in custody at the pre-trial or trial stages.

Moreover, according to our information, there are currently:

  • Fifteen Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been sentenced to fines;

  • Thirteen have already served their sentences, of whom two were deprived of their Russian citizenship while serving their sentence and have been deported;

  • Criminal charges against six others have been dropped;

  • A further five Jehovah’s Witnesses have died.

Altogether, at least 555 Jehovah’s Witnesses have been prosecuted during the large-scale campaign of criminal prosecutions against adherents of the faith that began in April 2017. The number continues to grow.

A regularly updated list of those prosecuted is available on our website.

We consider the designation of Jehovah’s Witness organizations as extremist to be groundless and in violation of the rights to freedom of conscience and association. The criminal prosecution of the followers of this peaceful religion is unlawful and discriminatory.

We demand the immediate release of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are in custody or under house arrest and an end to the criminal prosecution of all members of this faith.

The list of those prosecuted (which can also be found on our website) is as follows:

17 new defendants who are in custody:

  1. Adestov Roman 

  2. Deshko Vladimir

  3. Filatov Aleksandr 

  4. Isakov Anatoly 

  5. Kupriyanov Aleksei 

  6. Kuzhelkov Anton 

  7. Lubin Aleksandr 

  8. Melnik Vladimir 

  9. Piskaryov Vladimir

  10. Putintsev Artur 

  11. Serebryakov Aleksandr

  12. Siyukhov Inver

  13. Skudayev Sergei

  14. Suvorov Danil

  15. Temirbulatov Yury 

  16. Usanov Yury 

  17. Velizhanina Tatyana 

20 new defendants who remain under house arrest:

  1. Ananin Sergei 

  2. Chaikovsky Ivan

  3. Chernyshev Yury 

  4. Derendyayev Maksim 

  5. Dubovenko Aleksandr 

  6. Kazakov Sergei 

  7. Komarov Vitaly 

  8. Kretov Sergei

  9. Litvinyuk Aleksandr

  10. Loginsky Yury

  11. Merkulov Denis 

  12. Moskalyov Yury 

  13. Reshetnikov Yevgeny 

  14. Safronova Anna 

  15. Shatalov Sergei 

  16. Simonenko Boris 

  17. Urazbakhtin Ildar

  18. Yagovitov Boris 

  19. Zakaryan Vardan 

  20. Zhiltsov Pyotr

91 believers who are on bail:

  1. Anufriev Nikolai 

  2. Ashikhmin Sergei 

  3. Balabkin Vladimir 

  4. Bitusov Yevgeny 

  5. Chesnokov Vladimir

  6. Danielyan Andrei  

  7. Degtyarenko Ilya 

  8. Dominova Aksana 

  9. Druzhinin Leonid

  10. Dubovkina Svetlana 

  11. Dutkin Vladimir 

  12. Filiznov Pyotr 

  13. Gobozev Sergei 

  14. Godunov Yevgeny 

  15. Golik Kristina 

  16. Gushchin Kirill 

  17. Gushchina Svetlana 

  18. Ilyasova Yunona 

  19. Kazadayev Pavel 

  20. Ketov Aleksandr 

  21. Kharlamov Andrei 

  22. Khmil Valery 

  23. Kobelev Sergei 

  24. Kobeleva Galina 

  25. Kochneva Nataliya

  26. Kolesnichenko Andrei 

  27. Kostenko Aleksandr 

  28. Kruglyakov Aleksandr 

  29. Krupnov Pyotr 

  30. Krupnova Maya 

  31. Kutin Aleksandr 

  32. Kuzio Daria 

  33. Kuznetsov Aleksandr 

  34. Kuznetsov Sergei 

  35. Kuznetsova Maria 

  36. Labadze Gurami 

  37. Ledyaikin Andrei 

  38. Manzyrykchi Vitaly 

  39. Meleshko Vasily 

  40. Menchikova Yelena 

  41. Merinkov Eduard 

  42. Minsafin Valery  

  43. Mirgorodskaya Olga  

  44. Mironchik Igor 

  45. Morlang Tatyana 

  46. Naumenko Sergei  

  47. Nekrasova Lidiya 

  48. Nikolayev Aleksandr 

  49. Ogorodov Pavel

  50. Olshevskaya Yekaterina 

  51. Ortanova Zareta  

  52. Pechko Galina 

  53. Perekaty Nataliya 

  54. Peresunko Denis 

  55. Ponomarenko Yury

  56. Ponomaryova Olga 

  57. Popkova Yuliya 

  58. Popov Pavel 

  59. Popras Aleksandr 

  60. Portnaygina Maria 

  61. Potapov Mikhail 

  62. Prilepsky Aleksandr  

  63. Prokhorov Nikolai 

  64. Putivskaya Anzhela 

  65. Redozubov Yury 

  66. Reshetnikov Mikhail 

  67. Salmanov Nikolai 

  68. Savelieva Elena 

  69. Senin Anatoly 

  70. Shchanikov Viktor 

  71. Shulgina Olga  

  72. Shutov Aleksandr 

  73. Starikov Aleksandr 

  74. Sushilnikov Sergei 

  75. Syrykh Vitaly 

  76. Tsikunov Aleksandr 

  77. Ushakhin Sergei

  78. Vorontsov Aleksandr 

  79. Vyrezkova Svetlana 

  80. Vyushin Andrei

  81. Yakovlev Valery 

  82. Yefremova Svetlana 

  83. Yeliseyev Aleksei 

  84. Yermak Anna 

  85. Yermilova Valentina 

  86. Yershov Aleksei 

  87. Yershov Ilya 

  88. Zabora Sergei 

  89. Zhivolupov Roman 

  90. Zinich Yevgeny 

  91. Zotov Konstantin 

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