32-year-old Ufa resident Anatoliy Vilitkevich, arrested on 10 April 2018, is charged under Article 282.2 of the Russian Criminal Code, since he presumably professes the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
On April 12, 2018, Larisa Mokhova, a judge of the Leninsky District Court of Ufa, issued a decision to elect Anatoly Vilitkevich a preventive measure in the form of detention until 2 June 2018 inclusive. At the same time, the court ignored a number of legal requirements, for example, did not indicate in its ruling why it was impossible to choose a softer measure, and also did not check whether Anatol Vilitkevich was involved in the alleged crime.
On April 16, 2018, lawyers of Anatoly Vilitkevich filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Bashkortostan with a court ruling declaring a measure of restraint in the form of detention. On April 19, 2018, during the appeal hearing in the Judicial Collegium for Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the decision to detain the believer in custody was upheld.
The arrest was a direct consequence of the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of April 20, 2017, which imposed a ban on the activities of all registered legal entities of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including the unification in Ufa. The decision of the Supreme Court is appealed to the ECHR on a priority basis.