KRASNOYARSK S.K.R. CLOSES CASE OF "RECRUITMENT" INTO JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES
Taiga.info, 8 August 2019
In Krasnoyarsk territory, an order for opening a criminal case against two Jehovah's Witnesses (the legal entities of the church were ruled to be extremist and prohibited in Russia) has been cancelled. They were suspected of recruiting into an extremist organization.
News about the opening of a case based on part 1.1 of article 282 of the CC (recruitment into activity of an extremist organization) with regard to a 45-year-old woman and 62-year-old man has disappeared from the website of the Krasnoyarsk S.K.R. [Investigative Committee of Russia].
"We cancelled the order about opening a criminal case," the press service of the committee explained for Taiga.info.
The press release that was removed said that the suspects were members of the "local Jehovah's Witnesses (ruled by a court to be extremist and prohibited in Russia) religious organization."
"[They] carried out deliberate work for recruiting Russian citizens into extremist activity and organized the conduct of meetings and training of adepts at the site of their residence," the SKR said.
On 20 April 2017 the Supreme Court ruled the Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses and all of its regional divisions, to which the Tomsk congregations also belonged, to be extremist and liquidated them. The decision was upheld on appeal. In August of the same year the Bible in the translation of the Witnesses was banned. The Sova Center for News and Analysis pointed out that this was done despite the existence of a law according to which the Bible, Quran, Tanakh, and Kangyur cannot be ruled to be extremist. The expert analysis was conducted by the Center of Socio-Cultural Expert Analysis, which also made conclusions for the cases of Pussy Riot, rights advocates, and nationalists. (tr. by PDS, posted 10 August 2019)
IN KRASNOYARSK, CRIMINAL CASE OPENED ON TWO INCIDENTS OF RECRUITMENT INTO ILLEGAL RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY
Website of Investigative Committee of Russia for Krasnoyarsk territory, 6 August 2019
Investigation agencies of the Investigative Committee of Russia for Krasnoyarsk territory, on the basis of materials received from the department of the Russian FSB for the region, opened criminal cases against a 45-year-old woman and 62-year-old man who are suspected of committing the crime defined by part 1.1 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the RF (inducing, recruiting, or otherwise engaging persons in the activity of an extremist organization).
According to the preliminary version of the investigation, the suspects, who are members of the local cell of the local Jehovah's Witnesses (ruled by a court to be extremist and prohibited on the territory of Russia) religious organization, carried out deliberate work for recruiting Russian citizens into extremist activity and organized the conduct of meetings and training of adepts at the site of their residence.
At the present time all circumstances of the commission of a crime are being clarified. Investigation of the criminal case is continuing. (tr. by PDS, posted 10 August 2019)
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