Court increases severity of pretrial treatment of Moscow Jehovah's Witnesses


Interfax-Religiia, 15 February 2021


The Savyolov court of Moscow placed in custody two members of the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses that is forbidden in the R.F.


As Interfax was told in the court's press service last Friday, the court selected for Alexander Serebiakov and Yury Temirbulatov measures of restriction in the form of pretrial imprisonment for the period up to 10 April for each.


The suspects, according to court information, are charged with arranging the activity of an extremist organization (part 1 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the R.F.)


The investigative measures connected with the activity of the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia were reported on 10 February in the headquarters of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the capital.


According to the account of the investigation, in the period from September 2017 to the present, a group of persons, while informed that a court decision banning the Jehovah's Witnesses had come into legal force, organized in the north of Moscow the work of its local religious subdivision.


Conspiratorial gatherings were conducted in an apartment located on Dybenko Streeet, where adherents studied religious literature and information contained in other sources of information, promoting the teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses and "they conducted other activities typical for this association."


According to information of the Investigative Committee, a number of organizers and members of the movement were identified and arrested. (tr. by PDS, posted 15 February 2021)

Background articles:
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