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Jehovah's Witnesses criminally charged in Kostroma

MARRIED COUPLE TO APPEAR IN COURT IN KOSTROMA OBLAST ON CHARGE OF PLANNING AND PARTICIPATING IN ACTIVITY OF FORBIDDEN RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION

Web-site of Investigative Committee of Russian Federation, 24 June 2019

 

Investigation bodies of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (nonoSKR) for Kostroma oblast have completed the investigation of the criminal case against local residents who are accused of committing the crimes stated in parts 1 and 2 of article 282.2 of the CC RF (planning the activity of a religious association with respect to which a court has made a decision that has taken legal effect for liquidation because of the commission of extremist activity and also participation in the activity of said religious association).

 

According to the account of the investigation, in the period from April 2017 to July 2018, residents of the city of Kostroma, born 1993 and 1996, who are spouses, acting as members of a group of persons on the basis of previous agreement on the territory of the city of Kostroma committed illegal activity of organizing and conducting meetings of members of the local religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses of the city of Kostroma, which is a part of the structure of the religious organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia," despite the fact that by a decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of 20 April 2017 the aforementioned religious organization and local religious organizations that are members of its structure were liquidated because of the commission of extremist activity.

 

The accused possessed and distributed informational materials and literature that are included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials and also conducted conspiratorial activity at the place of their residence by holding meetings with the participation of other followers of the forbidden religious organization. In the course of conducting a search in the residence, materials on paper and electronic storage were found, which give evidence of illegal activity by the accused.

 

At the present time, a measure of restriction is to be chosen for the accused in the form of a signed promise not to depart and to act properly.

 

The investigation assembled an adequate evidentiary base, because of which a criminal case with a confirmed indictment will be sent to court for consideration on the merits. (tr. by PDS, posted 24 June 2019)


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