A court in the Ivanovo Region convicted Yevgeniy Spirin, 34, on charges related to extremism. Jehovah's Witnesses have been banned in Russia since 2017.
The religion has been outlawed in Russia since 2017 since when there have been a number of arrests of followers.
The evangelical leader also suggested that persecuted Indians should pray for Modi in the hope it will prompt him to better protect religious minorities.
The New York Times said it was forced to turn to Ireland to help one of its reporters escape imminent arrest in Egypt, because the Trump administration failed to act.
During torture, church members were reportedly asked to identify where Jehovah's Witnesses meetings took place, as well as the names of leaders and other members.
"The status of being male or female… is given by God, is biologically determined," Phillips claimed in the lawsuit.
Last year saw a peak in almost a quarter of a century for Russians seeking to leave their homeland for the U.S., on the grounds of persecution.
There have been at least seven raids in the past four months.
The Rohingya Muslims are one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in the world.
Many are leaving the region, fearful of persecution.
The Vatican said on Monday that the Pope would visit Sweden to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
The latest estimates include 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution.
"Truly there are so many tears this Christmas," Pope Francis said in his annual address.