Employees of the FSB Directorate for the Arkhangelsk Region thwarted the activities of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization, which was banned in Russia, in Severodvinsk. This was reported by TASS with reference to the press service of the FSB.
According to the service, three residents of the city involved new participants in the organization, conducted individual classes on the study of extremist materials and secret meetings, and also promoted the ideas of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A criminal case was instituted against them under Art. Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of activities of an extremist organization).
RIA Novosti, citing the press service of the Crimean FSB Directorate, reports that the cell of Jehovah’s Witnesses was also stopped in Yalta. According to the administration, the 34-year-old resident of the city held meetings and speeches, promoted the organization’s ideas and involved new adherents in it. A case was also brought against him under Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code. At the place of residence, men conducted searches where they found prohibited literature, telephones, computer equipment and money, including in foreign currency.
In 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia recognized Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization.