On September 3, 2019, the judge of the Kirov Regional Court, Aleksandr Moseev, upheld the appeal of Andrzej Oniszczuk over the extension of detention. After almost a year behind bars and a ban on communication with his wife, the Polish citizen is finally free, but under recognizance agreement.
Andrzej Oniszczuk Is Free After 11 Months in Jail. No Other Jehovah's Witnesses Jailed in Kirov Now
4 September 2019
Photo: Andrzej Oniszczuk with his wife Anna
Case of Oniszczuk and Others in Kirov
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
according to the investigation, “they organised meetings of followers and participants of the association [Jehovah’s Witnesses] in different flats, performing actions characteristic of this association: singing Bible songs together, improving skills for missionary activity, as well as studying religious literature, the so-called ‘Holy Scriptures’ (Bible), which is on the Federal List of Extremist Materials and contains the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses”.
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Kirov Region
3 October 2018