In Kirov, New Criminal Case and Five Arrests, Including Polish Citizen

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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.

Case of Oniszczuk and Others in Kirov

Kirov Region
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
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:
282.2 (1)
282.2 (2)
282.3 (1)
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Kirov Region
Case initiated:
3 October 2018