In Yakutia, Mass Searches in Witness Homes

Photo: Police raid in Polyarny, 2018

On 30 June and 1 July 2018 in Lensk (Yakutia), massive police raids were conducted against Witnesses. A case was initiated against a 42-year-old local resident, and he was made to sign an agreement restricting travel.

Case of Ivashin in Lensk

Sakha (Yakutia)
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
according to the investigation, together with others he 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)
Investigative Department of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Case initiated:
29 June 2018

Persons in the case