BELIEVER RELEASED SIX MONTHS AFTER ARREST IN IVANOVO OBLAST
Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, 13 July 2019
On 5 July 2019, an Ivanovo oblast court released 33-year-old Evgeny Spirin from a SIZO and transferred him from detention in custody to house arrest. The believer had spent a total of 160 days in confinement.
It is noteworthy that this peace-loving Russian citizen, who now is accused of extremist activity, in the past performed alternative civilian service since his conscience did not permit him to take weapons into his hands.
Evgeny Spirin was arrested on 27 January 2019 and on the next day was sent to a SIZO as the result of a series of searches in homes of residents of the city of Furmanov (Ivanovo oblast). The criminal case was conducted by an investigator of the UFSB of Russia for Ivanovo oblast, A. Dmitriev. The believer faces from 6 to 10 years in prison.
Evgeny Spirin is forbidden to leave his residence, to communicate with anybody (except for his wife, the investigator, and a lawyer), to use the internet, to call on the phone, and to receive and send mail. (tr. by PDS, posted 14 July 2019)
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