Russian Jehovah’s Witness Handed Longest ‘Extremism’ Prison Sentence

A court in southerly Russia has actually handed the nation’s longest jail sentence yet to a senior Jehovah’s Witness leader for organizing an “extremist” team, the religious company said Wednesday.

Authorities accused Alexander Ivshin, 63, of organizing the tasks of a banned organization, including organizing Bible discussions with pals through video link, until his April 2020 detention as component of mass raids in the Krasnodar area. Russia forbade the Jehovah’s Witnesses as “extremists” in 2017.

The Abinsk District Court in the Krasnodar region located Ivshin guilty as well as sentenced him to 7 years and also 6 months in a jail nest.

The state district attorney had actually looked for an eight-year jail sentence for Ivshin.

” The imposed punishment is the harshest of all sentences imposed on Jehovah’s Witnesses,” the company said in an emailed statement.

Ivshin is currently the 11th worshipper to obtain actual jail time in Russia on extremism charges, with sentences varying from 2 to six years, according to the Jehovah’s Witnesses website.

Ivshin maintained in his last word that he is “not being pursued extremism, but for merely remaining to exercise the calm faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” according to the organization.

” My life position is based upon scriptural concepts where there is no extremism or physical violence,” Ivshin said.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department condemned Russia’s recurring suppression on Jehovah’s Witnesses “in the toughest feasible terms.”

Ridiculed Russian Fairytale Statue Auctioned for $35K

The Russian Auction House has actually sold a well known statuary of a regional fairy tale hero for 2.6 million rubles ($ 35,500) Monday after a community in southern Russia dismantled it adhering to a public outcry.

Authorities in Novovoronezh followed mounting contact us to take down the steel Alyonka sculpture quickly after unveiling it in December to note the town’s 250th anniversary. While regional lore states Alyonka founded the community after being sent out to find an ideal location to live, social media sites customers and locals alike called her sculpture “a monolith to Russian Death” and contrasted its appearance to that of a White Walker from “Game of Thrones.”

” Thanks to public as well as limelights, the auctioned item’s condition has actually risen to extraordinary heights,” Russian Auction House deputy director Pavel Zhirunov said in a statement.

” Its sale through a public auction has actually fueled this rate of interest and made the art things not just a subject of discussion, yet likewise of investment,” Zhirunov stated.

The auction home noted the buyer’s name as Yelena Nikolayevna Osipova, among four individuals in the three-hour bidding process war. The Open Russia investigatory electrical outlet stated the public auction house declined to give further information regarding the customer.

The scandalous sculpture’s beginning cost stood at 1 million rubles.

Alyonka’s artist has actually vowed to donate part of the profits, the auction home said.

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