OBSERVERS ARRIVING FOR A TRIAL OF A JEHOVAH'S WITNESS IN YOSHKAR-OLA SUMMONED FOR INTERROGATION AT F.S.B.
Novaia Gazeta, 24 March 2020
In Yoshkar-Ola, arrivals for a court session regarding continuation of the measure of restriction of an adherent of the Jehovah's Witnesses (an organization ruled in Russia to be extremist and forbidden), Ekaterina Pagasheva, were given summons to interrogation at the F.S.B. This is stated on the website of the organization.
The session in a case regarding participation in an extremist organization (part 2, article 282.2 of the C.C.) against the resident of Mari El occurred on 18 March. Only six observers were admitted into the courthouse and at the entrance they were given a summons for interrogation in the F.S.B. on 24 March.
The case against the 30-year-old Pegasheva was opened in late September because of "conducting conversations for the purpose of propaganda" and participation in Jehovah's Witnesses events. She has been in a SIZO since October; the detention of the woman was extended until 26 May.
In late January, around 100 observers who arrived for a court session in Lipetsk received a summons for interrogation in the F.S.B. Because of what happened, they complained to the office of the prosecutor general, reporting "extra-procedural ties" between the court's administration and the F.S.B. (tr. by PDS, posted 24 March 2020)
ARRIVALS FOR TRIAL OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESS IN YOSHKAR-OLA GIVEN SUMMONS TO INTERROGATION AT F.S.B.
Mediazona, 23 March 2020
Believers coming for a court session regarding the Jehovah's Witness Ekaterina Pegasheva from Mari El in Yoshkar-Ola were handed summons to interrogation in the local department of the F.S.B. This was reported on the website of the organization.
The report says that observers arrived for Pegasheva at a session on extending her measure of restriction in a case regarding participation in an extremist organization (part 2 of article 282 of the C.C.). Only six persons were allowed into the courthouse and at the entrance an F.S.B. officer wrote out for them a summons for interrogation in the office of the deputy chief of the local department of the U.F.S.B., Aleksei Marushin.
The believers reported that Pegasheva's pretrial detention was extended until 26 May. The judge explained this as needed in order to get results of psycho-lingistic religious studies and phonoscopic forensic expert analyses.
Previously F.S.B. personnel wrote summons to interrogation for observers arriving to support Jehovah's Witnesses at a trial in the Soviet district court of Makhachkala. At that time, people were not admitted into the courtroom until an agent received copies of passports from them.
In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses was an extremist organization and banned it along with about 400 regional congregations. After this, many adherents of the religious teaching became subjects of criminal cases. (tr. by PDS, posted 24 March 2020)
Editorial disclaimer: RRN does
not intend to certify the accuracy of information
presented in articles. RRN simply intends to certify the
accuracy of the English translation of the contents of the
articles as they appeared in news media of countries of
the former USSR.
If material is quoted, please give credit to the publication from which it came. It is not necessary to credit this Web page. If material is transmitted electronically, please include reference to the URL, http://www.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/.