Andrzej Oniszczuk Is Free After 11 Months in Jail. No Other Jehovah's Witnesses Jailed in Kirov Now

Photo: Andrzej Oniszczuk with his wife Anna

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.

Case of Oniszczuk and Others in Kirov

Kirov Region
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
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:
282.2 (1)
282.2 (2)
282.3 (1)
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Kirov Region
Case initiated:
3 October 2018