TWO RESIDENTS OF THE KUBAN SUSPECTED OF PARTICIPATION IN JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ORGANIZATION
Interfax-Religiia, 17 October 2019
Investigators opened a criminal case against two residents of Krasnodar territory who are suspected of participating in a religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses (banned in the RF), the press service of the S.K.R. [Investigative Committee of Russia] reported on Thursday.
"It was established that the men are members of the 'Adler' religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses. According to the account of the investigation, in the period from May 2017 to 13 June 2019, the subjects organized in various residential and nonresidential premises of the city of Sochi meetings and also religious performances where they acted for the purposes of propaganda of the activity of a forbidden association and recruited new members," the report says.
It is noted that at the present time the accused are being detained. The investigator also conducted searches in places where the meetings were held and in the subjects' places of residence, during which literature of the Jehovists was seized, including rough drafts and communications devices. All circumstances of the crime have been established, as well as other participants in the illegal activity.
The investigation of the criminal case is continuing.
On 20 April 2017 the Supreme Court ruled, on the basis of a lawsuit of the Russian Ministry of Justice, that the Jehovah's Witnesses are an extremist organization and it prohibited its activity on Russian territory. An appellate panel of the Russian Supreme Court on 17 July 2017 ruled this decision to be legal. (tr. by PDS, posted 17 October 2019)
INVITATION AND PROPAGANDA: TWO JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN SOCHI
Kubanskie Novosti, 17 October 2019
At the present time the men are in custody. Local residents, a 45-year-old and a 68-year-old, are accused of membership in an extremist organization.
As reported in the press service of the territorial SU SKR [Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia], the two men are members of the "Adler" religious organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, which is considered extremist and forbidden in Russia.
According to the account of the investigation, from May 2017 to 13 June 2019 the men organized meetings in various premises of Sochi, as well as religious performances, where presenting themselves as members of the organization they conducted for purposes of propaganda activities of a forbidden association and invited new members.
At the present time, the men are in custody. In several places where they conducted meetings and also in the men's places of residence, literature interesting the investigation of the religious teaching of Jehovah's Witnesses was seized, including rough drafts and communication devices. All circumstances of the crime committed have been established in addition to other participants in the illegal activity.
As Kubanskie Novosti has reported earlier, a local resident in Krasnodar is suspected of conducting activity of a foreign nongovernmental organization that is forbidden on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Border patrol agents discovered in the Krasnodar airport a foreign citizen who was convicted abroad for participating in a terrorist organization that is forbidden on Russian territory. (tr. by PDS, posted 17 October 2019)
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