Arrests, Searches and Criminal Case in Stavropol

Photo: Raid on Witnesses, 2016

On 9 December 2018 in Neftekumsk, eight searches were conducted, three people were sent to a detention centre and one was put on the wanted list. The reason? ‘They refused to renounce their religious views’.

Case of Samsonov and Others in Neftekumsk

Stavropol Territory
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
“After the decision of Russia's Supreme Court to ban the activities...of the religious organization (of Jehovah's Witnesses)...he did not renounce his religious views.”
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Stavropol Region
Case initiated:
7 December 2018



Вооруженные правоохранители задержали 18 человек, которые отдыхали на берегу озера в окрестностях Нефтекумска. Более половины задержанных — дети, пожилые и инвалиды. Задержанных доставили на допрос — спрашивали об отношении к религии. Детей допрашивали вопреки протестам родителей.

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