News media broadcast doubts about torture of Jehovah's Witnesses


by Artem Maznev

Sia-Press, 19 March 2019


The Investigative Committee (S.K.R.) in Yurga is conducting an inquiry regarding threats against one of the investigators who is involved in the case of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut. This information was confirmed for a Sia-Press correspondent at the agency.


"The Department for Investigating Especially Important Cases is conducting a procedural inquiry regarding threats received by one of its investigators," the official report of the S.K., which was sent to the editorial office, says.


In the opinion of the detainees' lawyer, Dmitry Kolobov, the story about threats against an investigator looks like a "game."


"I saw a clip on the television where someone said by telephone to an investigator that he was a bad person. I am not sure, but it seems to me that it is now possible to trace the signal and to find out who made the call. So all of this looks like some kind of game. Similar to the situation with tortures. My clients were tortured on the first floor in darkness so that nothing was visible, and then a beautiful picture was shown to everybody and they asked: 'How could someone be tortured here,'" Dmitry Kolobov told a Sia-Press correspondent.


We recall that in February, in several cities of Yugra, local members of the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, which is considered in Russia to be extremist, were arrested. After some time, Surgut Jehovists declared that tortures were used against them during their stay in the city investigation department of the S.K.R. for Yurga. (tr. by PDS, posted 20 March 2019)

Background articles:
European court acts fast on Jehovah's Witnesses' report about torture
February 27, 2019
Repercussions of mistreatment of Siberian Jehovah's Witnesses continue
February 25, 2019

Russian officials nether deny nor confirm torture of Jehovah's Witnesses
February 22, 2019

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