Vladimir Atryakhin, Georgiy Nikulin and Elena Nikulina, Alexander Shevchuk, Alexander Korolev and Denis Antonov are present at the hearing befor the court of cassation via video conference. October 2023
The Court of Cassation Upheld the Verdict Against Six Believers from Saransk. One Of Them Will Be Released in NovemberMordovia, Saratov Region
On October 17, 2023, the First General Jurisdiction Court of Cassation in Saratov upheld the verdict against six believers from Mordovia. By court decision, they were sent to penal colonies for terms ranging from 2 to 6 years.
Vladimir Atryakhin, Georgiy Nikulin and Yelena Nikulina, Aleksandr Shevchuk, Aleksandr Korolev and Denis Antonov have been accused of extremism and imprisoned for peaceful religious activities. Aleksandr Shevchuk is due to be released from prison in November this year after fully serving his sentence. A criminal case has also been initiated against his brother Mikhail on similar charges.
The world community expresses bewilderment in connection with the prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. Back in 2019, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to the Russian authorities: "We call on the Russian government to revise the Law on Countering Extremist Activities [...]. We also call on the authorities to drop charges and release all those detained for exercising their rights to freedom of religion."