FSB in Kemerovo Detained Third Believer in the Region

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On February 6, 2019, FSB officers detained 35-year-old Khasan Kogut, a resident of the town of Beryozovsky (Kemerovo Region). Whether a measure restricting his freedom of movement will be imposed upon him or not will be decided on February 8.

Earlier in July 2018, homes of citizens suspected of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses, including that of Mr. Kogut, in Beryozovsky were searched. Vadim Levchuk and Sergey Britvin were arrested and have been imprisoned for more than 200 days.

As requested by the investigator, Mr. Kogut and his wife reported to the FSB department. He was promised to have his laptop, which was seized during the July searches, returned to him. 

Case of Levchuk and Others in Berezovskiy

Region: Kemerovo Region

Locality: Berezovskiy

Case number: 11807320001000380

Current stage: preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)

Suspected of: according to the investigation he participated in religious services, which is interpreted as participation in the activity 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(2)

Case initiated: 19 July 2018

Investigating: Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Kemerovo Region

Persons in the case