Pretrial restrictions of Jehovah's Witnesses comparatively long in Kirov


Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, 2 April 2019


On 28 March 2019, the Pervomaisky district court of the city of Kirov denied the investigator an extension of the term of detention in custody of Evgeny Suvorkov. He was transferred to house arrest. Thereby of five believers arrested in Kirov on 9 October 2018 for "joint singing of biblical songs . . . and study of religious literature of the so-called Sacred Scriptures (Bible)," only 50-year-old Andrzej Oniszczuk, a citizen of the republic of Poland living in Russia who has already spent 176 days behind bars, remains.


The first to be transferred to house arrest after 73 days in the SIZO [pretrial detention cell] was Vladimir Korobeinikov. This happened on 20 December 2018. On 2 February 2019, the court transferred under house arrest Andrei Suvorkov and Maksim Khalturin. Both spent 117 days each behind bars.


Religious persecution in Kirov is continuing. On 26 March 2019 at least ten new searches in homes of believers occurred in the city. A criminal case was opened with respect to three persons. G. Malykh is engaged in the investigation. He is an investigator of the first department for investigation of especially important cases of the investigation department of the Investigative Committee of Russia (S.K.R.) for Kirov oblast. He also opened the case against Andrzej Oniszczuk and others in October 2018. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 April 2019)

Background article:
Raids du jour on Jehovah's Witnesses
March 26, 2019

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