The news is out: [MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court has sentenced a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to 7.5 years in prison, a spokesman for the religious denomination said, while in Moscow state investigators opened a new criminal investigation into the group.
Russia’s Supreme Court branded the Jehovah’s Witnesses an “extremist” organization in 2017 and ordered it to disband. Since then authorities have detained hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses and convicted dozens on extremism charges.
In the southern region of Krasnodar, Alexander Ivshin, 63, was sentenced to 7.5 years in a penal colony, after being accused of organizing activities on behalf of a banned group, spokesman Yaroslav Sivulsky of the European Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses said in a statement.
Also on Wednesday, law enforcement officials detained a number of Jehovah’s Witnesses and conducted searches at 16 addresses in Moscow as part of a new criminal investigation into the group, state investigators said.]
At least the Russian people will enjoy their sleep on Saturday mornings.