Believers from unidentified religious organization to be tried


Investigative Committee for Sverdlovsk province, 17 May 2016


The Investigation Division for the city of Ekaterinburg of the Russian Investigative Committee for Sverdlovsk province has completed the investigation of a criminal case against two residents of the city of Ekaterinburg, aged 42 and 28. Depending on the role of each one, they are accused of committing the crimes provided for by parts 1 and 2 of article 282.1 of the Criminal Code of the RF (creation and participation in an extremist association), and part 1 of article 282 of the Criminal Code of the RF (inciting hatred or hostility along with demeaning human dignity).


According to information of the investigation, the extremist association of which the accused were members continued its criminal activity over the course of six years in the guise of a local religious organization registered in accordance with the procedure established by legislation of the Russian federation. It carried out its activity in the premises of a religious institution on the territory of the Ordzhonikidze district of Ekaterinburg. On a continued basis, the accused acquired and filed publications, books, brochures, and leaflets that are included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials. In addition, they posted in electronic form for open access for other users of the Internet network and one of the social networks links for downloading literature that also is included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials.


Said extremist association ceased its existence in 2015 in connection with a number of activities conducted by personnel of the Investigative Committee, prosecutor's office, and the Russian FSB and MVD.


The investigation collected an adequate base of evidence in connection with which, in the near future, a criminal case will be sent to a court for consideration on the merits, with an indictment established by the prosecutor's office. (tr. by PDS, posted 18 May 2016)

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