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Russian Federation: Jehovah's Witness appeals long sentence: Gennadiy Shpakovsky

, Index number: EUR 46/2594/2020

Gennadiy Shpakovsky, a 61-year-old Jehovah’s Witness from Pskov, western Russia, was sentenced to six and a half years’ imprisonment on 9 June for his faith. He is appealing his sentence, the harshest so far against a Jehovah’s Witness in Russia. Gennadiy Shpakovskiy is a prisoner of conscience prosecuted solely for exercising his right to freedom of religion. All charges against him must be dropped and he must be released immediately and unconditionally.

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