Kemerovo and Belgorod: Mass Searches, Criminal Cases, Reference to Russian Supreme Court Decision

Photo: Raid on Witnesses, 2016

In Belgorod and Kemerovo, approximately 30 searches took place in the homes of peaceful citizens. Dozens of people were detained. Some have already been in custody for two days.

Case of Voykov and Others in Belgorod

Belgorod Region

Locality: Belgorod

Case number: 11801140029000045

Current stage: preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)

Suspected of: according to the investigation “out of religious motives they participated in meetings during which they engaged in propaganda and examined literature”, which is interpreted as “participating in the activity of an extremist organisation” (citing the court decision to liquidate the Local Religious Organisation of Jehovah’s Witnesses of the city of Belgorod)

Article of the Russian Criminal Code: 282.2(2)

Case initiated: 5 February 2018

Investigating: Investigative Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Directorate of Russia for the Belgorod Region

Persons in the case