Russia on Wednesday sentenced a feminine member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion to 2 years in jail, a primary within the nation’s crackdown on the US-based non secular motion.
Moscow outlawed the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017, labelling it an extremist organisation and has since sentenced a number of members to prolonged jail phrases.
A courtroom within the Siberian metropolis of Abakan on Wednesday sentenced Valentina Baranovskaya, 69, to 2 years in a penal colony for taking part in a banned organisation, the non secular motion stated.
Her son, Roman Baranovsky, was jailed for six years for organising actions of a banned organisation.
The non secular motion stated Baranovskaya was the primary feminine member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to be despatched to jail in fashionable Russia for her religion.
Yaroslav Sivulsky, a consultant of the European Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses, stated that the courtroom ruling took “the repression against Jehovah’s Witnesses to a new level.”
“Such cruelty has no justification. Modern Russia in terms of the level of unmotivated religious persecution is approaching the Soviet Union,” he was quoted as saying in an announcement.
Baranovskaya was despatched to jail regardless of having been identified with ischemic stroke in the summertime of 2020, the non secular motion stated.
The prosecutors had demanded that the aged Baranovskaya be sentenced to 5 years in jail and her son to eight years.
Although President Vladimir Putin stated in 2018 that Jehovah’s Witnesses shouldn’t be thought-about terrorists, Moscow has saved bringing authorized motion in opposition to members of the non secular motion.
The Russia Orthodox Church has spoken out in opposition to the motion, with one official describing it as a “destructive sect”.
Founded within the United States within the late 19th century, the non secular motion has been repeatedly accused of refusing to respect state symbols similar to flags.
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