On March 17, 2019, in the Primorsky Territory, searches were conducted in the homes of citizens whom law enforcement authorities consider to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. Two believers were detained and taken to the town of Dalnerechensk.
Trial of Sergey Skrynnikov, the second Witness accused in the city of Oryol, shifted to the stage of debate.
On February 28, 2019, in the cities of Nefteyugansk and Pyt-Yakh (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area - Yugra), located near Surgut, searches were held in the homes of citizens suspected of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses.
On February 25, 2019, in the town of Kurilsk and in the village of Reydovo, FSB officers searched two women. Although the operation was called the “Inspection of the premises," computers, hard drives, cell phones, and other personal items were confiscated from the two women.
Andrey Babushkin, Chairman of the Permanent Commission to Support Public Monitoring Commissions, Penitentiary System Reform, and Crime Prophylactic, directed his appeal to the Prosecutor General and the head of the Investigative Committee.
On February 26, 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Russian government to immediately send 57-year-old Sergey Loginov—one of seven Jehovah’s Witnesses who reported torture in the building of the Investigative Committee—for an independent medical examination.
An application was submitted for the withdrawal of the Surgut investigative group. The application stated that reasonable grounds exist that the investigators tortured Jehovah's Witnesses in their custody.
On February 16, 2019, the hotline of the Investigative Committee of Russia (RFIC) received a request to open an investigation against Dmitry Asmolov, Investigator of the Surgut Department of the RFIC, because of torture that took place during the intervals between his interrogations.
Surgut City Court decided to impose upon 42-year-old Yevgeny Fedin, 57-year-old Sergey Loginov and 50-year-old Artur Severinchik a preventive measure in the form of pre-trial detention.
February 18, 2019, unidentified law enforcement officers invaded the house of 39-year-old Yevgeny Yakku, a citizen of the city of Arkhangelsk. After the search, he was taken away in an unknown direction. On February 19, 2019, a trial is scheduled to impose a preventive measure on Mr. Yakku.
Early in the morning of February 15, 2019, mass searches were held in the homes of citizens in the city of Surgut and the town of Lyantor. According to incomplete data, 15 people were detained and taken to the investigating authorities.
On February 8, 2019, the Khanty-Mansiysk District Court ordered 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov to be sent to jail.
The Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria set March 1, 2019, to hear appeals against the verdict handed down to a 70-year-old Witness of Jehovah from the town of Prokhladny.
The statement urges Russia to drop all charges against Jehovah's Witnesses, to release all those detained and to revise the Federal Law on Combating Extremist Activity.