Court in Kostroma Recognizes Right to Believe as Jehovah's Witnesses and Chastises Investigators for Unfounded Charges

Photo: Sergey and Valeriya Rayman

On September 25, 2019, the Sverdlovsk District Court of Kostroma returned the criminal case against the couple of Valeriya and Sergey Rayman to the Kostroma prosecutor's office. In its ruling, the court emphasized that in the case of the spouses “there was a legal right to practice the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses which was not prohibited.”

Case of the Raymans and Others in Kostroma

Kostroma Region
Case number:
Number of the case in court:
Current stage:
trial in court of first instance
Suspected of:
according to the investigation they participated in religious services, which is interpreted as organising and participating in the activities 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)
282.2 (2)
Investigative Department for the Tsentralniy District of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Kostroma Region
Case initiated:
24 July 2018

Persons in the case



Следственный комитет РФ в г. Костроме возбуждает уголовное дел в отношении неустановленных лиц по ч. 1 и 2 ст. 282.2 УК РФ в связи с тем, что, по данным оперативников, в июне 2018 года в городе прошли «не менее двух собраний» Свидетелей Иеговы.

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