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 spiritual 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 collaborating in a banned organisation, the spiritual motion stated.
Her son, Roman Baranovsky, was jailed for six years for organising actions of a banned organisation.
The spiritual 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 Affiliation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, stated that the courtroom ruling took “the repression in opposition to Jehovah’s Witnesses to a brand new degree.”
“Such cruelty has no justification. Trendy Russia by way of the extent of unmotivated spiritual persecution is approaching the Soviet Union,” he was quoted as saying in an announcement.
Baranovskaya was despatched to jail regardless of having been recognized with ischemic stroke in the summertime of 2020, the spiritual motion stated.
The prosecutors had demanded that the aged Baranovskaya be sentenced to 5 years in jail and her son to eight years.
Though President Vladimir Putin stated in 2018 that Jehovah’s Witnesses shouldn’t be thought-about terrorists, Moscow has stored bringing authorized motion in opposition to members of the spiritual motion.
The Russia Orthodox Church has spoken out in opposition to the motion, with one official describing it as a “harmful sect”.
Based in america within the late nineteenth century, the spiritual motion has been repeatedly accused of refusing to respect state symbols similar to flags.
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