Terebilov's second case in Kostroma

Case History

In Kostroma, the Investigative Committee opened a second criminal case under an extremist article against Dmitriy Terebilov, who is already serving a sentence in a penal colony for believing in Jehovah God. The reason was the fact that the believer answered questions from a cellmate who pretended to be interested in the Bible. He was charged under the article on the involving other persons in the activities of a banned organization. In January 2024, the case went to court.

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    April 20, 2023 Case initiated Art. 282.2 (1.1)

    E. A. Sizov, senior investigator of the Investigative Committee for the central district of Kostroma, initiates a criminal case under Part 1.1 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation against Dmitry Terebilov, who is being held in correctional colony No. 1 in the Kostroma region.

    The decision to institute criminal proceedings states that a believer serving time in a strict regime colony for his beliefs, "while in the above-mentioned institution, involved the convicts ... into the activities of an extremist organization." This is how the investigator interpreted the fact that Dmitriy answered questions from a cellmate about the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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    November 14, 2023 Expert studies with violations

    It becomes known that the prisoner, who pretended to be interested in the Bible, is cooperating with the investigation. A confrontation is held between him and Terebilov.

    It also turns out that a psychiatric and psychological-linguistic examination was carried out in the case, and it is also planned to conduct another one - religious and cultural studies. The psychiatric examination includes the testimony of a witness with whom, according to Terebilov, he is not familiar.

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    December 5, 2023 Interrogation

    The investigator summons Dmitry for questioning as a suspect. The investigation is trying to find out whether the voice on the audio recordings obtained during the operational-search activities belongs to him. The believer refuses to testify. The investigator presents Terebilov with a decision on the appointment of a forensic historical and religious examination.

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    December 6, 2023 Interrogation Art. 282.2 (1.1)

    The investigator continues to interrogate Dmitry Terebilov and charges him under Article 282.2 (1.1) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. He presents the conclusion of a historical and religious examination, in which an expert - a historian and a teacher by profession - makes a conclusion not of a specialized, but of a legal nature and states that Terebilov involved others in the activities of a banned extremist organization. The defence is requesting the disqualification of the expert.

    During the interrogation, the investigator presents Terebilov with letters, notebooks, photographs, postcards, which were previously seized from the believer without his personal presence in order to find out whether these are his belongings.

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    January 31, 2024 Case went to court

    Terebilov's second case goes to the Sverdlovsk District Court of Kostroma, which considered the first case against the believer. This time the judge is Dmitry Gorokhov.