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A Series of Home Searches on the Island of Sakhalin

Photo: Police raid in Tomsk, 2018

On January 20, 2019, special police forces conducted eleven searches in homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the towns of Nevelsk and Nogliki. This is the first raid after Vladimir Putin commented on the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses: “This is complete nonsense and it is necessary to deal with this attentively.”

In Nogliki, the special forces punched the owner of the home, Aleksandr Ryndin, in the face when he opened the door and threw him on the ground. They questioned his 14-year-old son in the presence of a teacher from his school, whom they brought along to be an attesting witness. The officers seized tablets, phones, computers, and books. At the present time nobody is under arrest.

A criminal case has been initiated under Part 1 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation against 57-year-old Sergey Kulakov. He is accused of “leading a religious group consisting of persons professing the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the town of Nevelsk, providing material support for the group, convening religious meetings, rites, and ceremonies, teaching religion, and providing religious education.”

Criminal case

Case of Kulakov in Nevelsk

Region:
Sakhalin Region
Locality:
Nevelsk
Case number:
11807640001000020
Current stage:
preliminary investigation
Suspected of:
According to the investigation, he "led a religious group consisting of Nevelsk residents professing the faith of Jehovah's Witnesses, provided material and other support for the activities of the group, convened corresponding meetings and worship, ensured the performance of religious rites and ceremonies, provided religious teaching and education"
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
Investigating:
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Sakhalin Region
Case initiated:
24 December 2018

Persons in the case

Timeline

24.12.2018 СО УФСБ по Сахалинской области возбуждает уголовное дело за веру по ст. 282.2 (1). По версии следствия, осенью 2017 года Сергей Кулаков осуществил «руководство религиозной группой, состоящей из исповедующих веру Свидетелей Иеговы жителей г. Невельска, материального и иного обеспечения деятельности группы, созыва соответствующих собраний, вероисповедания, обеспечения совершения религиозных обрядов и церемоний, обучения религии и религиозного воспитания».
17.01.2019 Судья Южно-Сахалинского городского суда Елена Мастеркова в ответ на запрос ФСБ подписывает постановления на обыски в жилищах местных граждан.
20.01.2019 ФСБ проводит серию обысков не менее чем в 11 домах местных жителей в Южно-Сахалинске, Невельске и поселке Ноглики (Сахалинская область). Сотрудники ведут себя агрессивно, допрашивают верующих и их несовершеннолетних детей.
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