On July 31, 2019, the Federal Security Service for the Republic of Karelia searched at least 15 homes and workplaces of citizens considered to be Jehovah's Witnesses in the city of Petrozavodsk and the town of Kondopoga. Men and women were detained for interrogation, some for the whole night. There has been no communication with several who apparently still are being held.
Searches and Detentions of Witnesses in Karelia
1 August 2019
Photo: Invasion of Jehovah's Witnesses' homes in Nizhny Novgorod Region (July 2019)
Case of Leshchеnko in Petrozavodsk
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
2 August 2019