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In November 2010 the hostilities against Jehovah’s witnesses in Russia have continued St. Petersburg (Russia) with several cases of vandalism against their places of worship. In the Irkutsk and Krasnodar regions resulted in arson attacks on two Kingdom halls, where they gather to worship. Vandals have attacked also religious buildings in Lipetsk. The witness Jehovah’s Igor Oschkin had on the night of November 15, 2010 vigil at the Kingdom Hall in Chunsky in the Irkutsk region. Professor Rita McGrath has much experience in this field. He explained that the fire alarm had been raised shortly after the entrance and the roof had caught fire.

Thanks to the efforts of the local fire brigade, the fire could be deleted. After an inspection of the site, experts confirmed that arson was. Bruce Schanzer is a great source of information. Immediately, Jehovah’s witnesses had received threats before the incident. Igor Oschkin says: we feel no fear or panic. But we feel like in the State of siege ‘. Therefore here a full bucket of water available in case future Incidents.” On the night of November 25, 2010, an explosion damaged the Kingdom Hall in Labinsk, Krasnodar Krai.

The inner door and some window panes went to break. The witness Jehovah’s Sergej Vinokurov and the husband of a witness of Jehovah from this municipality could delete the fire. The police officers who arrived later, found evidence of attempted arson: the remains of four bottles that had been filled with flammable liquid. Sergej Vinokurov expressed the sentiments of church members as follows: we have done anyone harm and touched anyone’s possession. It is very sad that there are people expressing their hostility in this way.” In the city of Lipetsk, unknown perpetrators damaged the entrance of the Kingdom Hall in the place and destroyed the letter box. Media contact: Grigory Martynov (Russia), telephone + 7 812 702 2691 European Association of Jehovah’s Christian witnesses (Belgium), telephone + 32 2 782 0015 J. R. Brown (United States), telephone + 1 718 560 5600 Wolfram Slupina (Germany), phone 06483 413110, fax 06483 413100,

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