RUSSIAN M.V.D.: JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
by Alexander Ashurov
Vsia Pravda, 18 September 2019
The Jehovah's Witnesses, which were banned in Russia in 2017, are still conducting in the Russian Federation their illegal activity and they are causing harm to the physical and psychological health of Russia, Police General Major Oleg Ilinykh, the chief of the main directorate for combating extremism of the MVD [Ministry of Internal Affairs], explains.
"The adepts of the Jehovah's Witnesses often leave their families, transfer their property and financial resources to the sect, disrupt social communications, and commit serious and especially serious crimes," Ilinykh relates.
A court in the city of Karpinsk of Sverdlovsk oblast is considering a criminal case against the Jehovist Alexander Prianikov, his friend Venera Dulovaia, and her daughter. According to information of the investigation, the technology student Daria Dulovaia, who is now 19 years old, along with her mothers and her friend in the sect, the 32-year-old preacher Alexander Prianikov, have for a long time conducted agitation for the sect in public places of Karpinsk. Daria has engaged in drawing into the sect new devotees among local young students and high school pupils. Prianikov conducted propaganda of the teaching of a forbidden organization both in Sverdlovsk oblast and in Krasnoyarsk territory, of which he is a native. The targets of the preaching of the former factory electrician, Prianikov, have been representatives of blue collar workers. The actions were committed by the suspects after the ban on the Jehovah's Witnesses, and therefore Prianikov and the Dulovaia mother and daughter were charged on the basis of article 282.2 (Arranging the activity of an extremist organization and participating in it).
In early September in Khabarovsk, the elder of the local Jehovah's Witnesses, Valery Moskalenko, who works as an assistant engineer, was sentenced to forced labor. He was found guilty of conducting a secret prayer meeting of Witnesses in the Erofei hotel of Khabarovsk in April 2018. Also during the trial it was established that Moskalenko drew his relatives into the sect, specifically his own sister.
Also there in Khabarovsk, an elder of the sect, 80-year-old Maia Karpushkina, is under a pledge not to depart her place of residence. As a retired school teacher, Karpushkina tried to draw into the sect teachers of local educational institutions and students and their parents, and she preached within her family circle.
Oleg Ilinykh pointed out the danger of promoting the ideology of Jehovah's Witnesses among children and youth: "Personnel of the Center for Combating Extremism of the chief directorate of the Russian MID for Rostov oblast uncovered the activity of a conspiratorial cell of the forbidden religious extremist central organization of Jehovah's Witnesses of Rostov-on-Don. The financing was conducted through donations from adepts. Instances of drawing minors into the sect were established, who were raised to the rank of 'pioneers,' who were supposed to conduct propaganda among their peers in educational institutions. An incident was exposed of the categorical refusal of parents (who were devotees of the extremist organization) to provide urgent medical aid to their 15-year-old daughter (diagnosed with a rupture spleen), which almost led to the death of the minor. Measures taken in a timely manner by the police, along with guardianship agencies and the oblast Ministry of Health, prevented serious consequences and led to an operation for the child. A criminal case was opened against eleven participants for the creation and planning of the activity of an extremist organization (parts 1 and 2 of article 282.2 of the CC RF)," Ilinykh explained in his article for the MVD magazine "Police of Russia."
The principal subjects in the criminal case regarding the episode Ilinykh described are 22-year-old Semen Baibak and 32-year-old Ruslan Alyev, who are elders of the Rostov Jehovah's Witnesses and who are employed as teachers of the Chinese language. Baibak and Alyev exploited their status as teachers to promote the teaching of the sect among minors, their friends, and relatives.
"Our colleagues from security agencies in Dagestan put an end to the activity of 15 cells of the religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses. The leaders of the sect were arrested, who earlier underwent training in foreign centers of Jehovists and recruited new members from among residents of the republic," Oleg Ilinykh related.
In this case, the 40-year-old elder of the sect, Arsen Abdullaev, who worked as a plumbing and heating technician, is being detained in a Makhachkala SIZO. Abdullaev, who was raised in a family of profoundly believing Muslims, promoted the teaching of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dagestan for about 20 years. His spouse, Suat Abdullaeva, who was educated as a teacher of arts and crafts, is also an active Jehovist and she was brought to accountability as an accomplice. Also in the Makhachkala SIZO in this case are the elders Marat Abdulgalimov (b. 1991), Maria Karpova (b. 1980) and Anton Dergalev (b. 1985). Dergalev, who moved to Dagestan from Piatigorsk with the goal of preaching the teaching of the sect, absorbed the ideology of the Jehovah's Witnesses back in childhood, under the influence of his mother and grandmother. Investigative activities in the case of the Dagestani Witnesses were conducte3d in Makhachkala, Kaspiisk, Derbent, and Kizliar.
"The main problems in combating the destructive religious cults and sects remain the latent nature of their illegal activity and also the fact that the overwhelming majority of devotees join these organizations (societies and groups) and transfer to them their financial resources and alienate to them their property exclusively on a voluntary basis, which often entails the lack of evidence of the crimes specified by article 239 of the CC RF (Creation of a noncommercial organization that infringes the person and rights of citizens) and article 159 of the CC RF (Fraud). In addition, even in the event of negative consequences for health or major material harm, the adepts do not consider themselves to be victims and they do not turn to law enforcement agencies," Oleg Ilinykh sums up in his article.
The chief of the antiextremism center of the MVD of the RF mentioned the "Kerch shooter," Vladislav Rosliakov, the son of a female preacher of the Jehovah's Witnesses, who became after his crime an example for emulation in the internet community among the so-called "Columbiners," disciples of school terrorism.
"Considering the tragic events occurring on 17 October 2018, when a student of the Kerch Polytechnology College made an armed attack on peers and teachers of the educational institution, a number of measures are being taken for exposing and combating destructive ideology among youth. In April 2019, personnel of centers for combating extremism of the Russian MVD for Sverdlovsk oblast and Smolensk oblast conducted preventive work with adherents of destructive ideology who were born between 2000 and 2005 and who, as students in various educational institutions, placed provocative posts on social networks idealizing and justifying the events of 20 years ago when on 20 April 1999 two pupils of the Columbine school in the U.S.A. conducted a mass shooting of pupils. As practice shows, the majority of such persons were introduced to radical ideas by means of themed sites on the internet, which, in their turn, began to actively form around themselves so-called web groups of likeminded persons who promoted and spread destructive ideology. They draw teenagers into closed groups on social networks under any pretext (invitation to a 'brotherhood' or 'community,' possible awards, bonuses, likes, etc.). As a rule, into their network fall kids who suffer a lack of attention within a family circle or have problems in communication with peers or fall into difficult life situations."
We recall that despite the fact that Jehovah's Witnesses were ruled by the Russian Supreme Court to be an extremist organization, and their printed materials were included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials even before the ban of the organization, the central website of the Witnesses, jw-russia.org, has not been blocked by Roskomnadzor. Through it the Jehovah's Witnesses freely conduct the propaganda of their teaching in Russia.
It should also be recalled that Jehovists forbid their children to befriend peers whose parents are not members of the sect, they instill in boys the feeling of refusing to defend the motherland with weapons in their hands, and they cultivate hostility toward representatives of traditional religions of Russia and toward the history of the country. A special danger for children is posed by the Jehovah's Witnesses' prohibition of blood transfusion and organ transplants, because of which seriously ill children of Jehovists are doomed by the sect to death. Abroad, particularly in Finland and Australia, elders of Jehovah's Witnesses have been taken to court on charges of abuse of minor adepts and of pedophilia. (tr. by PDS, posted 18 September 2019)
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