Photo: Vyacheslav Stepanov and Andrey Sivak


The Prosecutor's Office Made an Official Apology to the Sergiev Posad Elders

Moscow Region

Sergiev Posad residents Vyacheslav Stepanov and Andrey Sivak, who have been prosecuted for their religion for 7 years, received letters of apology from the Sergiev Posad City Prosecutor's Office with apologies and an explanation of the procedure for rehabilitation.

In the letter, the deputy prosecutor of the city A. K. Sergeev said: "... On behalf of the state, I officially apologize to you for the moral damage caused to you associated with unjustified criminal prosecution under Article 282 Part 2. [...] You have the right to request written communication of the decision that justifies you to your place of work, study or place of residence. In the event that information about ... the illegal actions applied to you have been published in the press, disseminated on radio, television or other mass media, you have the right to demand that the relevant media make a report on rehabilitation.

The Federal Financial Monitoring Service has already informed believers that their names have been excluded from the list of "persons in respect of whom there is information about their involvement in extremist activities."