Prominent Russian Punk-Rocker Defects To U.S. Over Jehovah’s Witnesses Ban

Prominent Russian punk-rocker Fyodor Chistyakov says he has decided not to return from the United States, citing Russia’s new ban on the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

A member of the religous denomination since the mid-1990s, Chistyakov told Novaya Gazeta in a telephone interview from New York published on July 31 that he “has no other choice” than to stay in the United States.

“I cannot openly follow my religion [in Russia] now. And that is a trauma itself even when I am not in jail, although incarcerations are taking place already,” he was quoted as saying.

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