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Near the Chinese Border, Searches and Detentions of Jehovah's Witnesses

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.

Prosecutor Wants 3 Years in Jail for Second Accused in Oryol

Trial of Sergey Skrynnikov, the second Witness accused in the city of Oryol, shifted to the stage of debate.

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Near Surgut, New Searches in the Houses of Worshippers

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.

Arkadya Akopyan's Case Terminated

On March 1, 2019, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria overturned a lower court’s conviction of Arkadya Akopyan. The decision takes effect immediately.

In Ulyanovsk, court acts to suppress 5 Witnesses

One believer was jailed and four others placed under house arrest February 28, 2019, in Ulyanovsk.

Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses reaches Kuril Islands

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.

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Searches and Arrests in Ulyanovsk

On February 27, 2019, searches were conducted in Ulyanovsk in four homes of Jehovah's Witnesses. Five citizens were detained for 48 hours to elect a preventive measure.

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Witness Moved to House Arrest

Khanty-Mansiysk District Court on Feb. 26, 2019, denied the Investigation Committee of Russia's request to detain 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov.

Babushkin Demands Halt to Surgut Tortures

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.

ECHR Imposes Interim Measures in Response to Torture Complaint From Surgut

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.

Withdrawal of the Surgut Investigation Team Urged Over Torture Reports

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.

Witnesses in Surgut Turned to the Hotline of Investigative Committee of Russia Because of Torture

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.

In Surgut, After Torture, Three Worshippers Are Thrown Into Prison

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.

Torture of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Surgut

At least seven of Jehovah’s Witnesses were subjected to torture—electric shocks, suffocation, and cruel beatings—in the Russian Investigative Committee’s building in Surgut.

One of Jehovah's Witnesses Arrested in Arkhangelsk

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.

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International Memorial Defends Dennis Christensen

“This shameful and anti-legal decision brought Russia into line with countries notorious for its most odious regimes.”

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Large-Scale Operation Against Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut

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.

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area Judge Sentences Believer to 55 Days

On February 8, 2019, the Khanty-Mansiysk District Court ordered 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov to be sent to jail.

Advertisement: Appeal in the Case of Arkadya Akopyan in Kabardino-Balkaria

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.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Decries Dennis Christensen Sentencing

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.