COURT PUTS TWO BELIEVERS BEHIND BARS IN PRIMORSKY TERRITORY
Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, 22 March 2019
On 9 March 2019 a court ordered to put two believers from the village of Luchergorsk in a SIZO [pretrial investigation cell] for two months: Yury Belosludtsev and 63-year-old Sergei Sergeev, who were arrested during searches on 17 March 2019 and transported to Dalnerechensk.
According to preliminary information, they are to be held in the SIZO of the city of Spasska-Dalny.
According to information as of 21 March 2019, 25 persons whom law enforcement considers to be followers of the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses are being held in various prisons. Another 27 persons are under house arrest.
Meanwhile a wave of criminal prosecutions for faith has moved along the Chinese border into Amur oblast. On 21 March 2019, at least five searches were conducted in Zeya. (tr. by PDS, posted 22 March 2019)
NEW CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS FOR FAITH ALONG CHINESE BORDER
Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, 21 March 2019
On 21 March 2019, in Zeya (Amur oblast) at least five searches were conducted in homes of local residents who are considered to be Jehovah's Witnesses. A criminal case has been opened on the basis of the article "arranging the activity of an extremist organization." Forty-two-year-old Konstantin Moiseenko was involved in the case as a suspect and a signed promise not to depart was extracted from him. [. . .] (tr. by PDS, posted 22 March 2019)
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