JUNE 21, 2017
NEW YORK—A recent video published on glavny.tv, a news outlet covering the Central Federal District of Russia, shows armed Russian police officers and agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB) raiding a peaceful religious meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Oryol, Russia, on May 25, 2017.
Dennis Christensen, a Danish citizen, is seen in the video calmly interacting with the authorities. He was arrested during the raid and is still being held in pretrial detention.
Spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters, David A. Semonian, states: “This video clearly demonstrates the peaceful way that Jehovah’s Witnesses conduct themselves, even while authorities use fear and intimidation to disrupt their Bible discussions. These appalling intrusions on religious freedom will continue unless the Russian Supreme Court reverses its unjust ruling against Jehovah’s Witnesses. We are also deeply concerned for our fellow worshipper, Dennis Christensen, who has been denied visits and telephone calls from his wife. We hope that soon he will be released from this unjust detention.”
David A. Semonian, Office of Public Information, +1-845-524-3000