In the Primorsky Territory, for two months, the followers of the Jehovah's Witnesses extremist organization, banned in Russia, Yury Belosludtsev and Sergey Sergeyev were arrested. This is reported on the website of the religious movement in Russia.
According to the organization, the decision to arrest was made on March 19, the men are in the Spassk-Dalny prison.
On the eve of the reported searches of believers in the town of Zeya, Amur region. A case was initiated against the 42-year-old Konstantin Moiseenko on the organization of the activities of a religious association that is recognized as extremist (Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code). He was released on bail.
In February, mass searches were conducted by supporters of Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut, and later 15 people were detained there. Three detainees were charged for creating an extremist organization (part 1 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code). Followers of the movement complained of torture during interrogation. In March, the decision to arrest was canceled in relation to Arthur Severinchik, who was detained in Surgut. Searches also took place in Uray (Ugra), Magadan and Crimea.
In early March, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance spoke out against the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses. In her opinion, this is due to the abuse of anti-extremist legislation. The authors of the report also noted discrimination in Russia towards Ukrainians, migrants, natives of the North Caucasus and LGBT people.
Recall that in spring 2017, the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses were banned by the Supreme Court at the request of the Ministry of Justice, which previously recognized the organization as extremist. After this decision, about 100 materials from Jehovah's Witnesses ended up on the federal list of prohibited publications, and 400 regional offices began to be liquidated.