On March 26, 2019, the Federal Security Service charged Artem Gerasimov with organizing extremist activities. Another one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Taras Kuzyo, is a suspect in this case. Both men were released after being interrogated.
The Pervomaysky District Court of Kirov on March 28, 2019, refused investigators’ request to extend the term of Yevgeny Suvorkov’s detention.
Earlier, Prosecutor asked the court to impose a three-year prison sentence, alleging “participation in the activities of an extremist organization."
On March 26, 2019, in the town of Yemanzhelinsk, 10 men wearing masks and carrying assault weapons and a sledge hammer (for breaking through the door) came to the apartment of local Witnesses in order to conduct a search.