Uzbekistan deports Jehovah’s Witnesses for sharing faith comment (0)
August 9, 2012
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Two Uzbek Jehovah’s Witnesses have been deported as punishment for discussing their faith with others. Russian citizen Yelena Tsyngalova was deported on an Uzbek Airlines evening flight from Tashkent to Moscow July 25 after being detained since July 2.
Accompanying her were her two teenage children, one a Russian citizen, the other an Uzbek citizen. Her mother Galina Poligenko-Aleshkina — an Uzbek citizen who is a pensioner with disabilities and who shared the family flat — is now left to fend for herself. Kazakh citizen Oksana Shcherbeneva was deported June 16 immediately after completing a 15-day prison term. Other Jehovah’s Witnesses detained and tried with her were jailed and fined.