2018, siloviki in Belgorod conducted a raid on homes of
Two believers were arrested as suspects in a criminal case.
2018 it became known that in Belgorod a criminal case has been
opened on the
basis of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code (planning the
activity of an
extremist organization) in connection with the work of the local
of Jehovah's Witnesses.
report from the European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses, in
the evening of
7 February police and a SOBR [Special Rapid Response Unit]
in no fewer than 16 residences of believers. Bibles, electronic
data storage devices, travel passports, money and in some cases
were seized from them. They themselves were taken to the
building of the
Investigation Directorate of the Russian Directorate of MID for
oblast, they were fingerprinted, and they were given summons for
Two citizens, Anatoly Shaliapin and Sergei Voikov, were detained
as suspects in
the case. . . .
of view, the liquidation of the Jehovah's Witnesses
organizations for extremism
and prosecution of the members of their congregations do not
have legal bases
and are a clear manifestation of religious discrimination. (tr.
by PDS, posted
9 February 2018)
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