In Republic of Tatarstan, Three Witnesses Arrested After Mass Raids

Photo: Raid on Witnesses, 2016

On 27 May 2018 in Naberezhnyye Chelny, law enforcement officers entered and searched 10 flats of local residents. 37-year-old Ilkham Karimov, 30-year-old Vladimir Myakushin and 29-year-old Konstantin Matrashov were arrested.

Case of Karimov and Others in Naberezhnyye Chelny


Locality: Naberezhnyye Chelny

Case number: 11802920009000256

Current stage: preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)

Suspected of: according to the investigation he participated in religious services, which is interpreted as organising, participating in and recruiting others into 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: Article 282.2(1), 282.2(1.1) and 282.2(2)

Case initiated: 25 May 2018

Investigating: Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Republic of Tatarstan