New Criminal Case in Novosibirsk: 70 Interrogated

Photo: Raid on Witnesses, 2016

On April 19, 2019, Federal Security Service (FSB) officers raided 12 private apartments of citizens thought to be Jehovah's Witnesses. In all, 70 persons were interrogated and three of them, one a woman, were detained. On the next day, the local court put the two men, 64-year-old Aleksandr Seredkin, and Valeriy Maletskov, 44, under house arrest. The third person detained, Marina Chaplykina, 48, was confined to a restricted residence.

Case of Seredkin and Others in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk Region
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
по версии следствия, «организовывал собрания и руководил чтением и обсуждением литературы, признанной экстремистской» (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 Novosibirsk Region
Case initiated:
19 April 2019