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3 Jehovah's Witnesses sentenced by Russian authorities to more than 8 years in prison

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun26,2024

3 Jehovah's Witnesses sentenced by Russian authorities to more than 8 years in prison

Photo: Members of the Jehovah's Witnesses movement

Three adherents of the Jehovah's Witnesses religious movement sentenced to more than eight years in prison on charges of extremist activities, a representative of the organization said.

Press Secretary of Jehovah's Witnesses Jarrod Lopez (New York) said the verdicts stemmed from a 2018 police raid on a café where about 50 Jehovah's Witnesses were attending a social, but not religious, event, Reuters reported.

Nikolai Polevodov was sentenced to 8.5 years, Vitaly Zhuk – by eight years and four months, and Stanislav Kim – by eight years and two months. Three women – Zhuk's wife Tatyana, Svetlana Sedova and Maya Karpushkina – received suspended sentences of five, five and four years, respectively.

In 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia recognized the "Jehovah's Witnesses" “extremists”, liquidating and banning almost 400 branches of the organization in the country.

Since then, according to Lopez, Russian authorities have conducted searches in 2,102 houses of Jehovah's Witnesses, opened criminal cases against 811 men and women and sentenced 170 people to prison, including 105 people – for five or more years.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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