Russia jails Dane for six years in Jehovah’s Witnesses purge


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By Andrew Osborn

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court on Wednesday found a Danish adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of organizing a banned extremist group and jailed him for six years in a case critics condemn as crushing religious freedom.

Armed police detained Dennis Christensen, a 46-year-old builder, in May 2017 at a prayer meeting in Oryol, some 200 miles (320 km) south of Moscow after a court in the region outlawed the local Jehovah’s Witnesses a year earlier.

Russia’s Supreme Court later ruled the group was “extremist” and ordered it to disband nationwide. Christiansen’s detention, Russia’s first extremism-related arrest of a Jehovah’s Witness, foreshadowed dozens more.

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  1. No big loss there, I never cared for any religious group which takes God’s words out of context by saying I cannot eat Mcdonalds or enjoy Christmas with my children etc…

    I respect others if they themselves choose to live without those things but do not ever dare tell me what God says I can or cannot personally do.

    The point is that all religions who continue to run that kind of mentality of they think they know what God wants over others?

    They will lose followers and in some cases be banned or purged if required.

    God writes and edits the Holy Books here, not anyone else.

    Which is how I was able to go through mountains of scripture and underline what God actually said compared to what someone else wrote in between God’s reincarnation cycles.

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