MOSCOW (AP) — Jehovah’s Witnesses say one of their followers has been fined 350,000 rubles ($5,350) in Russia on an extremism charge related to his membership in the religious group.
The group says Sergei Skrynnikov was found guilty by a court in the Russian city of Oryol of participating in the activity of an extremist organization.
Russia officially banned Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017 and declared the group an extremist organization.
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His case follows that of Danish Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen, who was sentenced to six years in prison in February. He had been detained in 2017 while leading a prayer meeting in Oryol.
Before the ban, the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses claimed about 170,000 adherents in Russia.
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