Witness Moved to House Arrest

Photo: Andrey Sazonov (February 2019)

Khanty-Mansiysk District Court on Feb. 26, 2019, denied the Investigation Committee of Russia's request to detain 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov and decided to release him immediately from custody. Earlier, on February 8, this court sentenced him to jail for 55 days, but later an appellate court reduced his term of detention and returned his case for a new trial in the same court. The decision on house arrest has been taken here by the new composition of the court.

It is noteworthy that Andrey Sazonov will be at his home in Uray (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area), and not in Khanty-Mansiysk, where the investigative body is located. The distance between locations is more than 400 kilometers.

Andrey arrived home at 2 a.m. the following day. He is required to wear a leg bracelet.

Case of Sazonov and Others in Uray

Region: Khanty-Mansi Region

Locality: Uray

Case number: 11902711001000310

Current stage: preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)

Suspected of: according to the investigation, together with others he conducted religious services, which is interpreted as “organising the activity of an extremist organisation” (with reference to the decision of the Russian Supreme Court)

Article of the Russian Criminal Code:  282.2 (1, 2)

Case initiated: 31 January 2019

Investigating: Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Khanty-Mansi Region

Persons in the case