Russian lawyer accuses a judge of falsification in the case of a prisoner of conscience - 2018-12-04
On 28 November, the St Petersburg City Court postponed to 6 December an appeal filed against Judge Evgeny Isakov in St Petersburg by the defense lawyer of the leader of the Scientology Church, Ivan Matsitsky, who in September was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan federal government entity based in Washington – writes Willy Fautre, Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers.
Ivan Matsistsky is a Russian Scientologist who has been held in pretrial detention for 17 months. In the background here is the Russian "extremism law" which is repeatedly used and abused by the authorities to persecute non-Orthodox minority religions and their members even though they do not incite to or use violence.
Human Rights Without Frontiers interviewed lawyer Yevgeny Tonkov, PhD in Law (PhD), author and coauthor of dozen books on law, author of over 50 articles in scientific and other journals.