The case of Kupriyanskiy and others in Kursk

Case History

In August 2023, the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses were searched in Kursk. An FSB investigator opened a criminal case against Nikolay Kupriyanskiy and the spouses Dmitriy and Oksana Chausov. They were accused of organizing the activities of an extremist community and participating in it. Dmitriy was sent to a pre-trial detention center, and later as well as Nikolay and Oksana they were placed under house arrest.

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    July 3, 2023 Case initiated Art. 282.2 (1) Art. 282.2 (2)

    M. N. Zaitsev, Senior Investigator for Internal Affairs of the Investigative Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Kursk Region, issues a decision to initiate a criminal case against Nikolai Kupriyansky under Part 1 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, as well as spouses Dmitry and Oksana Chausov under Part 2 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

    Believers are accused of "conducting individual classes (conversations) on the territory of Kursk to study the preaching materials of the religious movement "Jehovah's Witnesses" with new alleged followers of the "LRO of Jehovah's Witnesses of Kursk", while promoting the popularization of its ideas.

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    August 8, 2023 Search Temporary detention facility Detention center Interrogation Prosecution of several family members Health risk

    Searches are being carried out in the homes of believers in Kursk. Nikolay Kupriyansky, Dmitry and Oksana Chausov are detained. They are charged under Part 1 and Part 2 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

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    August 10, 2023 Detention center House arrest Prosecution of several family members

    The Leninsky District Court of Kursk, chaired by Judge Margarita Dyadyusheva, chooses preventive measures for believers: Dmitry Chausov - imprisonment for 2 months, Nikolai Kupriyansky and Oksana Chausova - house arrest for 2 months.

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    August 31, 2023 Detention center House arrest Restriction of the right to medical care

    Dmitry Chausov has a serious chronic illness that requires constant use of prescription drugs. He cannot get them in the pre-trial detention center. Because of this, his disease progresses. Dmitry's wife Oksana is under house arrest, so she does not have the opportunity to go to the doctor and take a prescription.

    Dmitriy is kept in a cell designed for 6 people, with two other prisoners. He has the ability to read the Bible.

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    December 28, 2023 House arrest Detention center Prosecution of several family members

    For the third time, the judge of the Leninskiy District Court extends the house arrest of Nikolai Kupriyansky and Oksana Chausova and the detention of Dmitry Chausov until March 2, 2024.

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    February 9, 2024 Detention center Medical treatment within the Federal Penitentiary Service Restriction of the right to medical care

    Dmitry Chausov, who is being held in a pre-trial detention center, is experiencing certain difficulties due to his illness. In the fall, he spent 1 month in the hospital. He is also more likely to suffer from headaches. The mother-in-law could not give him medicines, as she was told that the pre-trial detention center had everything she needed. However, they were never given to Dmitry.

    The believer maintains a positive attitude and does not lose heart. He receives many letters of support.

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    February 28, 2024 House arrest Prohibition of certain actions Prosecution of several family members

    Dmitry Chausov is released from the pre-trial detention center under house arrest and allowed to walk for 2 hours a day. Oksana Chausova's house arrest is replaced with a ban on certain actions.