Jehovah's Witnesses indicted in extreme far east of Russia


UssurBator, 11 August 2020


The Investigation Department has completed the investigation of the criminal case against three residents of Ussuriisk, who are charged with setting up a religious organization that has been ruled on Russian territory to be extremist, the news agency UssurMedia reports, citing the investigation department of the Investigative Committee of Russia [S.K.R.] for the Primorie territory.


The Russian Supreme Court has ruled the Jehovah's Witnesses to be an extremist organization.


As was established during the course of conducting a preliminary investigation, the accused were on the territory of Ussuriisk for the purpose of setting up and continuing the activity of the religious organization of the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses of Russia, which has been liquidated on the territory of the Russian Federation. The men arranged the activity of the local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses and carried out the gathering of members of this organization by means of telecommunications links.


The investigation collected a sufficient evidentiary base so that the criminal case was sent to a court for consideration on the merits, with the approval of the indictment by the prosecutor. (tr. by PDS, posted 11 August 2020)

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