The UFSB of Russia in the Jewish Autonomous Region reported on April 5th that criminal proceedings were initiated under Part 1 of Art. 282.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Financing extremist activities") in respect of two residents of Birobidzhan, whose names are not disclosed.
According to the investigators, from April 2017 to May 2018, they “collected cash from other members of the organization and used them to support the activities of the“ Jehovah's Witnesses ”Administrative Center in Russia” (Moscow) and its subordinate religious organization ” Jehovah's Witnesses "in Birobidzhan."
Earlier, in May 2018, after a series of searches of Jehovah's Witnesses, the criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (organization of the activities of an extremist organization) was instituted against Birobidzhan resident Alam Aliyev, who was accused of continuing the activities of the local community, reminds the SOVA Information and Communication Center.
The Jehovah's Witnesses community in Birobidzhan was recognized as extremist as early as October 3, 2016 (that is, before a general ban was imposed on the activities of the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia and another 395 Russian organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses), and on February 9, 2017 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation approved this decision.