Russian Jehovah’s Witness gets over 7 years in jail

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MOSCOW — A Russian court has sentenced a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to 7.5 years in prison, a spokesman for the religious denomination said, while in Moscow state investigators opened a new criminal investigation into the group. Russia’s Supreme Court branded the Jehovah’s Witnesses an “extremist” organization in 2017 and ordered it to disband. Since then authorities have detained hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses and convicted dozens on extremism charges.