On October 11, the Central District Court of Sochi sent local residents Nikolay Kuzichkin and Vyacheslav Popov to the pre-trial detention center suspected of organizing the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This was reported on the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
68 years old Popov and Kuzichkin are charged with organizing an organization recognized as extremist in Russia (part 1 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code). Believers were detained until November 24th.
It is reported that on 10 October in Sochi and nearby settlements, followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses underwent mass searches. Investigative actions took place at 19 addresses. As a result, only two people were detained. “In some cases, capture groups cordoned off the homes of believers and broke locks. Electronic searches and Bible books were seized during searches, ”they wrote on the website of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- April 20, 2017 Supreme Court recognized The “Management Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia” by an extremist organization, liquidated it and banned activities in Russia. In August, all Jehovah’s Witnesses organizations made to the list of banned. After that started flow criminal cases against members of the denomination.
- In February 2019, the court delivered its first sentence with real imprisonment – Danish national Dennis Christensen sentenced to six years in prison, his complaint was accepted for consideration by the ECHR.
- In mid-February, mass searches of followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses took place in Surgut. At least seven of them reported beatings, humiliations and electric shock. ATS-Info published the story of a lawyer for the victims.