Jehovah's Witnesses in Russian north targeted


Interfax-Religiia, 7 February 2019


Law enforcement agencies in Urai (Khanty-Mansiiskii Avtonomnyi Okrug—KhMAO) arrested members of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, which is forbidden in the RF, the press service of the directorate of the MVD for KhMAO reported on Thursday.


It was established that the activity of a local cell of this organization, "Congregation," has been conducted since July 2017.


"Followers of this organization proclaimed their superiority over other citizens who are not followers of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Members of the extremist organization conducted secret gatherings with the goal of developing plans of activity and the study of extremist ideology," the report says.


In addition, members of the organization recruited new members among residents of the KhMAO and encouraged them to break up kinship and family relations and not to recognize agencies of governmental authority.


Personnel of law enforcement agencies conducted searches in the places of residence and work of members of the organization, and extremist literature, computers, cell phones, and other items having significance for the investigation were seized. A criminal case was opened against members of the organization.


The press service of the directorate of the MVD for KhMAO could not specify for Interfax just how many persons were arrested. . . . (tr. by PDS, posted 7 February 2019)


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