On 7 October 2018, the Smolensk Directorate of the FSB conducted a number of searches in the homes of persons suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Two women in Sychevka (Smolensk Region) could not be reached for three days.
In Kirov, New Criminal Case and Five Arrests, Including Polish Citizen
10 October 2018
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Case of Oniszczuk and Others in Kirov
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
according to the investigation, “they organised meetings of followers and participants of the association [Jehovah’s Witnesses] in different flats, performing actions characteristic of this association: singing Bible songs together, improving skills for missionary activity, as well as studying religious literature, the so-called ‘Holy Scriptures’ (Bible), which is on the Federal List of Extremist Materials and contains the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses”.
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Kirov Region
3 October 2018