The 46-year-old dane has been in prison since may, 2017, on which date he was arrested during a bible reading in the Russian city of Oryol.
a campaign against Jehovah's witnesses, which according to Russian law, be regarded as an extremist movement.
On Wednesday, it became known that he has now been sentenced to six years in prison.
”NN has actively contributed to the activities continued for the forbidden religious extremist organization Jehovah's witnesses Oryol” here to stand in judgment, according to human rights organization Amnesty international, which had a representative on site.
Amnesty condemned in strong terms the verdict against the man. He has only made use of its freedom of religion, something that should not be punishable, according to Amnesty.
– It is quite extreme it is happening in Russia now, " says Trine Christensen, secretary general of Amnesty Denmark, told the newspaper the Policy.
Amnesty international considers dane a prisoner of conscience.
"he's been accused of, and now pleaded guilty to, is not something that can be considered as a crime," continues Trine Christensen.
the court banned the Jehovah's witnesses to operate in the country, and confiscated community assets, after you have stamped several of the Jehovah's witnesses ' publications banned extremist literature.
Russian prosecutors accused the organization in order to ”destroy families, foster hatred and threaten the lives”, something that the community rejected.