Two Residents of Nizhny Novgorod Region Jailed Due to Their Faith

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In July 2019, in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, the court sent Aleksandr Vavilov,51, and Aleksey Oreshkov, 48, to the pre-trial detention center. Both are accused by investigating officers of engaging in extremist activities as presently defined by courts interpreting the peaceful religious beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Case of Vavilov and Oreshkov in Pavlovo

Nizhny Novgorod Region
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
"Realizing a joint criminal intent, acting intentionally, by a group of persons by prior conspiracy . . . took active steps aimed at . . . conducting religious speeches and services”
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
282.2 (2)
Case initiated:
16 July 2019