Raid on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Birobidzhan Code-named “Judgment Day”

Photo: Raid on Witnesses, 2016

On 17 May 2018 in Birobidzhan, one Witness was arrested and a series of searches took place. As became known, the code name of the operation was “Judgment Day”, and it involved 150 security forces.

Case of Aliyev and Others in Birobidzhan

Jewish Autonomous Region
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
according to the investigation he together with others conducted religious services, which is interpreted as “organising the activity of an extremist organisation” (with reference to the decision of the Russian Supreme Court on the liquidation of all 396 registered organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses)
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
282.2 (2)
282.3 (1)
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Jewish Autonomous Region
Case initiated:
14 May 2018