ON INITIATIVE OF PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE OF CITY OF GELENDZHIK LOCAL RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES HELD ADMINISTATIVELY ACCOUNTABLE FOR POSSESSION OF EXTREMIST MATERIALS FOR PURPOSES OF MASS DISTRIBUTION
Prosecutor's office of Krasnodar territory, 3 March 2017
The prosecutor's office of the city of Gelendzhik conducted an inspection to verify compliance with the legislation on combating extremist activity, in the course of which it was established that the Gelendzhik local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, in the place where they conducted their meetings on the territory of the city, stored books and brochures, including some in electronic format, that had been ruled by a court to be extremist and were included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials.
In addition, at the aforementioned address other materials were held (maps of districts of the city of Gelendzhik with indication of the delivery of literature to certain apartments, indexes with accounts of the quantity of literature distributed and witnessing ministry), providing evidence of the possession of materials with the goal of their mass distribution.
On the basis of the results of the inspection, the prosecutor of the city of Gelendzhik opened a case against the religious organization for administrative violation of law on the basis of article 20.29 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law (possession for purposes of mass distribution of extremist materials), which was sent to the court for consideration on the merits.
By order of the Gelendzhik city court, that was left without change by decision of the Krasnodar territorial court, the Gelendzhik local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses was found guilty of committing an administrative violation of law with the assessment of a fine of 100,000 rubles and confiscation of the extremist materials.
Work on this matter will continue. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 March 2017)
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