Appellate Court in Kamchatka Releases Couple Arrested for Their Faith

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On 19 August 2018 in Yelizovo, a married couple, the Bazhenovs, and 71-year-old Vera Zolotova were arrested. After two days, the women were released, and 41-year-old Konstantin Bazhenov was sent to a detention centre for two months.

Case of the Popovs in Vilyuchinsk

Kamchatka Territory
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
according to the investigation he participated in religious services, which is interpreted as organising and involving others in the activities 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 (1.1)
Investigative Department of the Closed Administrative Territorial Unit of the city of Vilyuchinsk of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Kamchatka Territory
Case initiated:
25 July 2018

Persons in the case