In Orenburg, Investigators Re-Charged Six Believers

From left to right, top to bottom: Sergey Logunov, Aleksey Matveyev, Vladimir Kochnev, Nikolay Zhugin, Pavel Lekontsev, Vladislav Kolbanov

On October 21 and 22, 2019, six believers from Orenburg were charged again, under different articles of the Criminal Code. They now are accused according to Articles 282.2, parts 1 and 2, and also Article 282.3. The preliminary investigation of the case is coming to an end, followed by the stage of familiarization with the case materials.

Case of Kochnev and Others in Orenburg

Orenburg Region
Case number:
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
according to the investigation, together with others he conducted religious services, which is interpreted as “organising and participating in the activity 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 Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Orenburg Region
Case initiated:
14 May 2018



СУ СК РФ по Оренбургской области возбуждает уголовное дело за веру по ст. 282.2 (1), 282.2 (2). Фигурантами дела становятся сразу 6 верующих: Александр Суворов, Владимир Кочнев, Владислав Колбанов, Павел Леконцев, Алексей Матвеев, Сергей Логунов и Николай Жугин.

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