In Primorye, a follower of Jehovah's Witnesses under house arrest suffered a stroke. At that moment Olga Opaleva was in the convoy of the FSIN. As a result, the woman accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization was paralyzed on the left side of the body. Earlier, the UN working group on arbitrary detention recognized the arrest of yet another follower of Jehovah's Witnesses, Vladimir Alushkin, as unlawful.
“Everything was confiscated from us, including the Bibles. The only Bible that was sent to me in jail,” says Vladimir Alushkin. Since January, he has been under house arrest, and before that he spent six months in jail.
Alushkin is accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. The investigation claims that he held meetings of believers and raised money for the community under the guise of donations. Since April the year before last, the activity of the legal organization "Jehovah's Witnesses Management Center for Russia in Russia" and all its regional divisions has been banned in Russia.
Vladimir Alushkin says that he has no relationship with the legal entity: “According to the court decision of April 20, 2017, 396 legal entities of Jehovah's Witnesses were banned. But further in the same decision, there are more than 2,500 religious groups or assemblies that have not been registered , and Russian law, it allows it. And they were not banned. It turns out that the legal entity and the meeting are not the same thing. "
Wife of Vladimir Tatyana is sure that there are many inconsistencies in the version of the investigation. This, she said, became clear at court hearings. Some witnesses refused to testify and claimed forged signatures. Another part admitted that she signed the interrogation protocols without looking.
The lawyer of Vladimir Alushkin, Irina Krasnikova, also claims pressure on witnesses: “We see the court tacitly observing how the prosecution puts pressure on witnesses being interrogated in court. In particular, the prosecution repeatedly asked the same questions to the witness in order to obtain the necessary evidence” . On charges of extremism, Vladimir Alushkin faces up to 10 years in prison. A fine or a real term can also be received by his wife Tatyana. Together with four other believers, she is accused of participating in the same extremist organization and is under house arrest. Spouses live on Tatyana's retirement and help from friends. Apartment repair work Vladimir had to leave.
Alushkin does not count on an acquittal: “First, several court decisions have already entered into force in a similar case. Searches, arrests, and criminal cases under a similar article are continuing.”
In October, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declared the arrest of Vladimir Alushkin illegal. The international organization announced the need to release the believer and compensate him for damage. So far, the court has not considered this decision. The next meeting will be held in November.
"PRESENT", October 25, 2019