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Jehovah’s Witnesses from Armiansk are being held in Pre-trial Detention Facility No. 1 of Simferopol

Two Jehovah’s Witnesses from Armiansk sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment Oleksandr Lytvyniuk and Oleksandr Dubovenko are being held in PTDF No. 1 of Simferopol.

As the organization reports, one may write letters of support to them. At the moment an appeal against the decision of Armiansk City Court is being prepared.

As the CHRG reported, on the 1st of December judge of Armiansk City Court found Jehovah’s Witnesses Oleksandr Lytvyniuk and Oleksandr Dubovenko guilty of extremism and sentenced them to 6 years of general regime penal colony.

62-year old Oleksandr Lytvyniuk is a pensioner, who used to work at the state-owned enterprises and plants, has brought up three children.

49-year old Oleksandr Dubovenko used to work as a welder, then as an electric fitter.

In August 2021, their houses were searched. The men were apprehended and they were under house arrest for over a year. The investigation was lead for seven months by FSS investigator Vitaliy Vlasov.

Jehovah’s Witnesses report that, besides Dubovenko and Lytvyniuk, another 17 Crimean residents are being prosecuted for their religious beliefs. Four believers from Crimea are doing time for their faith in penal colonies, and another three were locked up by court in Sevastopol in the beginning of October.

Besides, according to the organisation’s data, in 2022, 28 searches were conducted in the houses of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Crimea.

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