CrimeaSOS: Jehovah’s Witnesses in Crimea were sentenced to a total of 54 years

2 / 12 / 2022

The total term of imprisonment in the “cases of Jehovah’s Witnesses” in the occupied Crimea, for the last five years, amounts to 54 years and six months. This was reported by the CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko.

“Since 2017, 10 residents of occupied Crimea have been convicted. Nine of them were imprisoned for a total of 54 years and 6 months. One person was sentenced to a suspended term”, — said Yevhenii Yaroshenko.

On December 1, 2022, the so-called “Armenian City Court” found local residents Oleksandr Dubovenko and Oleksandr Lytvyniuk guilty of “organizing the activities of an extremist organization” due to belonging to the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious group. They both were sentenced to six years in prison.

In 2017, the supreme court of russia recognized the religious organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses” as extremist and banned its activities in the russian federation and in occupied Crimea. The activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses are allowed in the absolute majority of countries in the world.

We shall remind you that the total term of sentences for the current victims of political persecution in the occupied Crimea has increased to 1,339 years and 2 months. During the years of occupation, 111 people were sentenced to imprisonment by russian courts and occupation courts in Crimea.


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