Russia jails Jehovah's Witness for six years in extremism case

 The United States and the European Union see the case of Dennis Christensen, a Danish national, as a litmus test for religious freedom

A Russian court on Wednesday found a Jehovah's Witness guilty of extremism and jailed him for six years, a spokesman for the Christian denomination said. 

 The United States and the European Union see the case of Dennis Christensen, a Danish national, as a litmus test for religious freedom and the latest twist in a worsening East-West standoff. 

Christiansen, the first Jehovah's Witness to be detained for extremism in Russia, had pleaded not guilty.

 "Yes. It's true unfortunately," Yaroslav Sivulsky, a Jehovah's Witness spokesman, told Reuters when asked if Christiansen had been found guilty and jailed for six years.
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