Man fined for bringing Jehovah's Witnesses brochure into Russia


Website of Siberian Customs Directorate, 18 July 2019


A man was fined, with confiscation of an item, for an administrative violation of law.


In the spring of 2019, the Krasnoyarsk customs post received a passenger's customs declaration, which a 23-year-old citizen of Uzbekistan filed upon bringing personal items into the Russian Federation. On the basis of information of the declaration, a customs search was conducted, during which among the used personal items Krasnoyarsk customs officers found a book, "The Bible: God's word or man's?," that is entered under number 752 in the Federal List of Extremist Materials and is forbidden from importation onto the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. The young man explained that the printed material was among other things in an inheritance and he did not know that it is on the list of extremist materials. Nevertheless, the book was confiscated and a case of administrative violation of law on the basis of article 16.3 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF was opened.


By a court decision, the young man was fined 1,000 rubles with confiscation of the item for administrative violation of law—extremist materials.




According to federal law No. 114 of 25 July 2002, "On combating extremist activity," the concept of "extremism" includes:

--violent change in the foundation of the constitutional structure and violation of the integrity of the Russian Federation;

--public justification of terrorism and other terrorist activity;

--arousal of social, racial, national, or religious strife, etc.


Extremist materials are printed or audiovisual materials containing calls for conducting extremist activity that are included in the list of goods for which a prohibition is established of importing them onto the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union and/or exporting them from the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. (tr. by PDS, posted 18 July 2019)


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