Near Surgut, New Searches in the Houses of Worshippers

Обыск у Свидетелей Иеговы (архивное фото)

Russian officials' efforts to curtail religious freedom continued on February 28, 2019, in the cities of Nefteyugansk and Pyt-Yakh (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area - Yugra), located near Surgut, as searches were held in the homes of citizens suspected of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. A 37-year-old Aleksander Nikanorov, the father of a 7-month-old baby, was detained in Pyt-Yakh, but he was released after interrogation.

Case of Loginov and Others in Surgut

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
delivering speeches, engaging in the Witnesses' public preaching activity with local members, meeting with Bible education volunteers and appointed congregation assistants, and having as one objective the organizing of appointed men in the Vzlyotnove Congregation
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
282.2 (2)
Investigative Department of the city of Surgut of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Khanty-Mansi Region
Case initiated:
11 February 2019