Another report of suppressing Jehovah's Witnesses in Russian north


Interfax-Religiia, 20 March 2019


In Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk oblast) the activity of a cell of the international religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, which is forbidden on the territory of the RF and was ruled by the Supreme Court to be extremist, was terminated, the press service of the regional department of the F.S.B. reported on Wednesday.


"According to the account of the investigation, the suspects, knowing about the liquidation in Russia of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, independently continued the activity of the extremist organization on the territory of Severodvinsk," the report says.


In particular, they conducted conspiratorial meetings and individual classes for the study of extremist materials, drew new participants into illegal activity, and promulgated the ideas of the organization that is forbidden in the RF.


A criminal case based on the crime specified in part 1 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the RF (directing the activity of an extremist organization) was opened against three residents of the city.


At the present time, investigative actions are being conducted aiming at the establishment of the circumstance of the crime committed. (tr. by PDS, posted 20 March 2019)

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