On March 17, 2019, in the village of Luchegorsk (Primorsky Territory) near the Chinese border, searches were conducted in the homes of citizens whom law enforcement authorities consider to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. The operation was carried out by Federal Security Service (FSB) officers. In some places, searches and interrogations continued for seven hours. Two believers, Yuriy Belosludtsev and Sergey Sergeyev, 63, were detained and taken to the town of Dalnerechensk.
It is not yet known whether a criminal case has been initiated and where the detainees are being held.