ARSON OF BUILDING OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES IN REPUBLIC OF KOMI
Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, 26 May 2017
On 24 May 2017, in the settlement of Zheshart (republic of Komi) a building was set afire in which Jehovah's Witnesses have conducted worship services. The porch and half the roof burned up. The building sustained substantial damage. Remnants of a bottle with flammable liquid were found.
About 50 adherents of the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses live in the village. They are shaken by what happened. This action continued a wave of acts of vandalism subsequent to the decision of the Supreme Court against Jehovah's Witnesses. Incidents have occurred also in St. Petersburg; Voronezh, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Penza, Rostov, Sverdlovsk, and Tula provinces; Krasnoyarsk territory; and the republic of Udmurtia. (tr. by PDS, posted 27 May 2017)
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