Local newspaper quotes Putin against trial of Jehovah's Witnesses


SeverPost, 13 May 2019


Investigators reported the conclusion of investigative actions regarding two leaders of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in Murmansk oblast.


The decision finding the center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia and 395 local organizations to be extremist was made by the Russian Supreme Court in April 2017. Since then, throughout the country arrests of followers of the religious denomination have been occurring.


In Murmansk oblast in 2018, Roman Markin and Viktor Trofimov were taken into custody and sent to a SIZO.


After six months, the Jehovah's Witnesses were transferred to house arrest, which they served for another four months.


Now in the run-up to a trial, the men are in the status of suspects and they have signed a promise not to depart.


"This is complete nonsense; it is necessary to deal attentively with this," President Vladimir Putin commented on the inclusion of Jehovah's Witnesses in the list of extremist organizations. The relevant question was posed to him at a session of the Council on Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, which was held in Moscow on 11 December 2018. (tr. by PDS, posted 14 May 2019)

Background article:

Jehovah's Witnesses released from pretrial custody
October 11, 2018

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