UN Group Condemns Russia’s Abuse of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Ivanovo Region,   Switzerland

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has categorically condemned the arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses and demanded that Russia immediately free the worshippers. On May 29, 2019, the opinion of the special UN investigative body was rendered in the case of Dmitriy Mikhaylov v. Russia. The arrest of Dmitriy Mikhaylov, from Shuya (Ivanovo Region), was found to be religious discrimination. The document stresses that the “findings in this opinion apply to all others in the situations similar to that of Mr. Mikhaylov.” We publish the whole document in Russian.

Case of the Mikhaylovs and Others in Shuya

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Ivanovo Region
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В чем подозревается:
according to the investigation he participated in religious services, which is interpreted as participating in and funding of “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)
Номер уголовного дела:
19 April 2018 
Текущая стадия дела:
разбирательство в суде первой инстанции
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Ivanovo Region
Номер дела в суде:
1-2/2023 (1-138/2022; 1-169/2021)