Two more months of prison for Jehovah's Witnesses in Dagestan


Interfax-Religiia, 25 September 2019


The Soviet district court of Makhachkala extended the term of detention in custody of four alleged Jehovists who are charged with creating an extremist organization on the territory of Dagestan, the court's press service reports.


The term of detention in custody of Marat Abdulgalimov, Maria Karpova, Arsen Abdullaev, and Anton Dergalev was extended to 27 November.


"The aforementioned persons are accused of activity connected with the extremist religious organization 'Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia' (banned in the RF). The criminal case against them was opened on the basis of part 1 of article 282.2 of the CC RF (arranging the activity of an extremist organization)," the report says.


In June 2019, the activity of 15 cells of the forbidden extremist organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dagestan was terminated. It was established that over the course of several years, members of the cells secretly collected resources for the study of extremist literature and the coordination of the activity for disseminating the ideology of the organization.


The leaders of the sect, who had earlier undergone training in foreign centers and engaged in recruitment in Dagestan, were imprisoned. (tr. by PDS, posted 25 September 2019)

Background articles
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