Case of Korobeynikov in Kirov
October 3, 2018
The Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Kirov Region initiates a criminal case for faith against seven Jehovah's Witnesses, including Vladimir Korobeynikov (born in 1952).
October 9, 2018
Searches are being conducted in the homes of believers, during which all electronic devices are seized, including those belonging to relatives who do not profess the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. Vladimir Korobeynikov and four other believers were detained.
October 12, 2018
The court decides to detain Korobeynikov and two of his co-religionists. A day earlier, two more were sent to the pre-trial detention center, the rest remain at large.
October 20, 2018
The Kirov Regional Court releases Vladimir Korobeynikov under house arrest due to the illness of his wife and daughter, who have no one to take care of.
September 30, 2019
Pervomaisky District Judge Aleksey Zhizhin releases Korobeynikov and two other believers from house arrest, believing that they will not be able to interfere with the criminal proceedings.
December 3, 2020
Vladimir Korobeynikov does not appear at the hearing, observing self-isolation due to age, about which he sends a notification to the court. The judge is considering two motions of the defendant: to terminate the proceedings in the case and to postpone the hearing due to the inability to attend. The prosecutor supports Korobeynikov's petitions. The judge also proposes to separate his case into separate proceedings.
All the defendants and their lawyers support Korobeynikov's petitions, but object to his separation into separate proceedings for the following reasons:
everyone has the same accusation;
possible violation of Vladimir's rights: the common cause may establish negative factors for his case. He will no longer be able to dispute the event of the crime if it is proved in a common case;
other defendants will be deprived of Korobeynikov's testimony, which can serve as evidence for their defense;
procedural burden on the court (copying more than forty volumes of the case);
Someone in the case will not have physical evidence that can be used for defense.
December 9, 2020
The court decides to separate the charges against Vladimir Korobeynikov from the criminal case, after which it suspends the proceedings in this separated case.