FINNISH CITIZEN TRIES TO BRING FORBIDDEN LITERATURE INTO KARELIA
Karelian Magazine, 25 July 2016
As customs reported, the incident occurred on 21 July.
"In the course of a customs check of a citizen of Finland, who was entering into Russia from Finland in a passenger vehicle, printed publications and audio productions were discovered. In the citizen's car were about 100 books and brochures in Russian, Finnish, Arabic, and other foreign languages with text and pictures of religious contents, as well as several compact disks with recordings of religious contents in Finnish," the report of the agency states.
According to customs' information, the literature was published by the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses and it is included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials, and thus it is prohibited to import it into the customs territory of the Union [sic].
"For clarification of all circumstances of the violation of law and because of the necessity of conducting an investigation and expert analysis, officials of the customs post MAPP Vyartsilia opened a case of administrative violation of law on the basis of part 1 of article 16.2 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of Russia," customs concluded. (tr. by PDS, posted 27 July 2016)
TAKE AWAY AND BAN
jw.ru.blogspot, 27 July 2016
On 21 July, during a customs check of a citizen of Finland who was entering Russia from Finland in a passenger car, printed publications were discovered. According to customs' information, the literature had been published by the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses. In the citizen's automobile was literature mainly in Finnish, Arabic, and other foreign languages, with text and pictures of religious contents and also several compact disks with recordings of religious contents in Finnish.
According to the claim of the customs service, the literature is included in the list of extremist materials. However everyone knows that the so-called list of extremist materials includes Jehovah's Witnesses' publications only in the Russian language. On what basis the customs service included publications of Jehovah's Witnesses in Finnish, Arabic, and other languages in the list of forbidden publications is unknown. To be sure, during the search a publication also was discovered in Russian under the title: "The Bible. How it came to our days." But no publication under such a title is in the list of forbidden materials.
A case of administrative violation of law on the basis of part 1 of article 16.2 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of Russia was opened by the customs service against the citizen of Finland. For a clarification of all circumstances, customs intends to conduct an investigation and expert analysis of the discovered literature.
It remains unclear how and by whom the expert analysis of the literature in Arabic, Finnish, and other languages will be conducted. Again, if the publications are already recognized as forbidden, then why conduct a second expert analysis of them? On the other hand, if customs intends to conduct an expert analysis of forbidden Jehovah's Witnesses publications, that means these publication still have not been included in the list of forbidden materials. Then on what basis did customs open an administrative case against the Finnish citizen without having any legal grounds?
At the present time, when the customs service is successfully using computers and other modern equipment, ascertaining whether any publication under a certain title is included in the prohibited list takes only a few minutes. Therefore in order to determine whether the citizen of Finland is carrying forbidden literature, it is not necessary to conduct a long and tedious investigation, to say nothing of sending the literature for expert analysis. It takes only a few minutes to check the titles of publication with the list of extremist materials.
One gets the impression that the publications discovered by customs most likely are not in the list of extremist materials. But since they are published by Jehovah's Witnesses, the customs service evidently conceived a string desire to include them in it. (tr. by PDS, posted 27 July 2016)
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