Fourth Witness Put in Custody in Republic of Tatarstan

Photo: Raid on Witnesses, 2016

24-year-old Aydar Yulmetyev was arrested on 29 May 2018 in Naberezhnyye Chelny. Earlier in this city, three people were already arrested who are suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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