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One of Jehovah's Witnesses Arrested in Arkhangelsk

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On the morning of February 18, 2019, unidentified law enforcement officers invaded the house of 39-year-old Yevgeny Yakku, a citizen of the city of Arkhangelsk. After the search, he was taken away in an unknown direction and did not return home. Friends were later able to find out that on February 19, 2019, in the Lomonosovskiy District Court of Arkhangelsk a trial is scheduled to impose a preventive measure on Mr. Yakku.

Law enforcement officers repeatedly misconstrue normal worship as participation in the activities of an extremist organization. As these abuses mount, they have been noted and denounced by many observers including prominent public figures in Russia, the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, the President of the Russian Federation, as well as international organizations like European External Action Service, observers of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In actuality, Jehovah's Witnesses have no relation to extremism and insist on their complete innocence. The Russian government has repeatedly stated that the decisions of the Russian courts to liquidate and ban the organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses “set out no assessment of the religious denomination of Jehovah’s Witnesses or limitation or prohibition to individually manifest the aforementioned denominations.”

Criminal case

Case of Yakku in Arkhangelsk

Region:
Arkhangelsk Region
Locality:
Arkhangelsk
Case number:
11902110035000009
Number of the case in court:
1-249/2020
Current stage:
trial in court of first instance
Suspected of:
according to the investigation he participated in religious services, which is interpreted as 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)
Investigating:
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for Arkhangelsk Region and Nenets Autonomous Area
Case initiated:
13 February 2019

Timeline

13.02.2019 СО СУ Следственного комитета РФ по Архангельской области и НАО возбуждает уголовное дело за веру по ст. 282.2 (1.1), 282.2 (2) в отношении Евгения Якку (1980 г.р.); по версии следствия, он участвовал в богослужениях, что трактуется как участие и вовлечение в деятельность «экстремистской организации» (со ссылкой на решение Верховного суда РФ о ликвидации всех 396 зарегистрированных организаций Свидетелей Иеговы). Дело расследует следователь по особо важным делам подполковник юстиции Р. Шагаров.
28.02.2019 Ломоносовский райсуд Архангельска арестовывает автомобили семьи Якку, чтобы обеспечить исполнение возможного приговора, подразумевающего штраф на сумму 3-летней зарплаты либо до 700 тысяч рублей. В заседании участвуют лишь судья и прокурор. Ни самого Евгения Якку, ни его адвоката на заседание не приглашают.
05.03.2019 Евгений Якку направляет жалобы на несправедливые обвинения в Европейский суд по правам человека.
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