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a Russian court on Wednesday found a Jehovah's witness guilty of extremism sentencing him to six years in prison Dennis Christensen is a Danish national and pleaded not guilty after being arrested in oreo south of Moscow in may two thousand seventeen his case is being seen as a litmus test for religious freedom by the United States and European Union the vet at providing the latest twist in a west thing standoff between east and west , the Christian denomination has been under pressure for years in Russia with orthodox churches championed by president Vladimir Putin there's been a more time and drive to push out the so called enemy within following the two thousand fourteen annexation of Crimea and Russia's falling out of the west in two thousand seventeen Russia's Supreme Court from the US based group to be an extremist organization ordering its despondent nationwide I get a sinister conscription the constitution says one thing that we have full rights to freely gather and freely practice our religion , but in actuality it's not the case , what Christensen is the faster I was witness to be detained for extremism in Russia more than one hundred criminal cases have been opened