Four Witnesses in Tatarstan Spent Six Months in Jail—and Now Court Returns Their Case to the Prosecutor Because of Falsifications

Photo: Vladimir Myakushin, Ilkham Karimov, Aydar Yulmetyev and Konstantin Matrashov

On November 27, 2019, the Naberezhnye Chelny City Court refused to consider the case against Ilkham Karimov, Konstantin Matrashov, Vladimir Myakushin and Aydar Yulmetyev. The court pointed out a significant violation of the law committed in the pre-trial stage and returned the case to the prosecutor of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Case of Karimov and Others in Naberezhnyye Chelny

Region:
Tatarstan
Locality:
Naberezhnyye Chelny
Case number:
11802920009000256
Number of the case in court:
1-1552/2019
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
according to the investigation he participated in religious services, which is interpreted as organising, participating in and recruiting others into 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 (1.1)
282.2 (2)
Investigating:
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Republic of Tatarstan
Case initiated:
25 May 2018

Timeline

25.05.2018

В Татарстане следователи возбуждают уголовное дело об участии нескольких человек в богослужениях Свидетелей Иеговы, считая это продолжением деятельности запрещенных в России религиозных организаций.

27.05.2018

В Набережных Челнах проходят рейды и обыски силовиков как минимум в 10 квартирах местных жителей, которых подозревают в исповедании религии Свидетелей Иеговы. Арестованы и заключены под стражу двое: Владимир Мякушин и Константин Матрашов.

Read in Russian