IN KEMEROVO OBLAST, PROSECUTOR REQUESTS TWO YEARS IN GENERAL REGIME COLONY FOR JEHOVAH'S WITNESS
Memorial, 18 August 2020
On 18 August, in the debates in Berezovskii city court of Kemerovo oblast, the prosecution asked for two years in a penal colony of general regime for Jehovah's Witness Khasan Kogut. This is reported by Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia.
On 22 July 2018, a search was conducted in Kogut's home. On 6 February 2019, a criminal case was opened against the believer based on part 2 of article 282.2 of the CC RF (participation in the activity of an extremist organization).
From 8 February to 26 August of 2019, Khasan Kogut was under house arrest, and then he was released under his own recognizance.
In April 2017, the Russian Supreme Court ruled the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia to be an extremist organization and liquidated it. In August of the same year, all congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses were entered into the list of forbidden extremist organization.
The Memorial human rights center considers detained Jehovah's Witnesses to be political prisoners and demands an end to the prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses based on their religious affiliation. (tr. by PDS, posted 18 August 2020)
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