Investigation bureau pursues Jehovah's Witnesses in southern Siberia


Website of Investigative Committee of Russia for Khakassia, 15 April 2019


Investigation agencies of the Investigative Committee of Russia (SKR) for the republic of Khakassia opened a criminal case against two residents of the city of Abakan. They are suspected of committing the crime specified in part 1 of article 282.2 of the CCRF (arranging the activity of an extremist organization).


According to preliminary data, in the period from December 2017 to the present time, the suspects, who are members of the local religious organization Yuzhnaia, Abakan Jehovah's Witnesses, with regard to which a decision was made by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on 20 April 2017, taking legal effect on 17 July 2017, for its liquidation because of the conduct of extremist activity, performed actions of an organizational nature aimed at continuation of the illegal activity of the Yuzhnaia, Abakan Jehovah's Witnesses, expressed in convening meetings of the Yuzhnaia, Abakan Jehovah's Witnesses in their residence, organizing preaching activity, and disposing of financial resources of Yuzhnaia, Abakan Jehovah's Witnesses.


At the present time, investigative actions are being conducted aiming at the establishment of all circumstances of the crime committed. In addition to other things, the investigators must elucidate the reasons and conditions facilitating its commission, regarding which a relevant representation to competent agencies will be submitted, following the procedure of part 2 of article 158 of the Criminal Procedural Code of the RF. The investigation of the criminal case is continuing. (tr. by PDS, posted 15 April 2019)

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