In Saratov, Believers Freed After Almost a Year Behind Bars

Bazhenov, Budenchuk and Makhammadiyev provisionally released one after another in the courtroom (May 2019)

Konstantin Bazhenov, Aleksey Budenchuk and Feliks Makhammadiyev were released after 11 months in a Saratov jail. They are still accused of organizing extremist activities, but the preventive measure for them has been changed from incarceration to that of prohibiting certain actions. They must wear bracelets and may not leave the house at night, communicate with other persons involved in the criminal case, nor use the telephone or the Internet.

Case of Bazhenov and Others in Saratov

Saratov Region
Case number:
Current stage:
trial in court of first instance
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 on the liquidation of all 396 registered organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses)
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Saratov Region
Case initiated:
9 June 2018