The Oryl district court fined Sergei Skrynnikov 350 thousand rubles for membership in the local community of Jehovah's Witnesses (a banned extremist organization in Russia, part 2 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code). This was reported "Orlovskie news."
The criminal prosecution of Skrynnikov began last winter, when his case was separated into a separate proceeding from the case of the head of the Oryol community, the Danish Dennis Christensen, who was previously sentenced to a real term. Two more members of the community, Dmitry Prikhodko and Vitaly Maximov, went abroad and were announced in the federal wanted list.
Recall, Danish citizen Dennis Christensen was sentenced to 6 years in a general regime colony for organizing the work of the community of believers in February (part 1 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code). The European Union called for his release, as well as to stop the prosecution of members of the organization in Russia.
The persecution of believers began after the spring of 2017, the Justice Ministry recognized Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization and added about 100 of its materials to the federal list of prohibited publications. Later, the court decided to liquidate the organization and about 400 of its regional branches, and to transfer the property to state ownership.