Jehovah's Witness jailed for fear he might mess up investigation


Za prava cheloveka, 8 September 2020


The Seversk city court of Tomsk oblast ordered to take into custody the fifty-year-old Jehovah's Witness (the organization is considered extremist in the R.F.) Evgeny Korotun. As the website of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia reports, the believer was taken into custody at yesterday's judicial session, of which Evgeny Korotun had been warned all of a half hour before the start of the hearings. The man was sent to SIZO-1 in Tomsk.


The judge made this decision because he took into account that Evgeny Korotun has a passport for foreign travel so he "may abscond from the investigation." In addition, the believer is accused of putting pressure on witnesses, of which no evidence was presented.


We recall: Evgeny Korotun is accused of organizing an extremist association (part 1, article 282.2 of CC RF). A criminal case was opened by A. Vyshgorodtsev, an investigator for especially serious cases of the investigation department for the closed city of Seversk of the Investigative Committee of the R.F. for Tomsk oblast. The man was arrested on 14 July 2020 during searches in homes of Jehovah's Witnesses from Seversk. After that, the believer was placed in a holding cell for a night and then placed under house arrest.


On the same day, searches were conducted also in four homes of Jehovah's Witnesses. Ten persons were taken to the investigation department for interrogation. Electronic equipment, religious literature, wi-fi routers, video cameras, photographs, postcards, bank cards, passports for foreign travel, and even volumes of Victor Hugo and Lev Tolstoy were confiscated from the believers.


Earlier in Tomsk oblast, Jehovah's Witness Sergei Klimov was sentenced to six years incarceration. At the present time he is in corrective colony No. 8 of Astrakhan oblast. (tr. by PDS, posted 9 September 2020)

Background article on Klimov:
Jehovah's Witness loses first round of appeal against conviction

February 20, 2020

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