Searches Conducted in Saransk. Father of Young Children Is Detained.

Photo: Raid on Witnesses, 2016

Early in the morning on February 6, 2019, in the capital of Mordovia at least 20 searches were conducted in the homes of citizens who are considered to be Jehovah's Witnesses. Vladimir Atryakhin, a 31-year-old husband and father of two young children, was detained. A preventive measure restricting his freedom of movement is expected to be imposed upon him on February 8.

Earlier, well-known Russian public figures, the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, as well as the President of Russia himself, spoke about the increasing violations of the rights of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Case of Atryakhin and Others in Saransk

Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
по версии следствия, занимался «распространением среди жителей Республики Мордовия идеологии и веры… путем проведения бесед в общественных местах и жилых помещениях с жителями г. Саранска и других населенных пунктов», что трактуется как «организация деятельности экстремистской организации» (со ссылкой на решение Верховного суда РФ о ликвидации всех 396 зарегистрированных организаций Свидетелей Иеговы)
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Republic of Mordovia
Case initiated:
4 February 2019