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New Searches for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Primorye; Believer Spends Two Days Behind Bars

Photo: Jehovah’s Witnesses searched in Mordovia, Russia (2019)

On June 18, 2019, searches and detentions based on religious discrimination continued in the Primorsky Territory. In Ussuriysk, agents of the Investigation Committee of Russia searched the apartments of two persons suspected of practicing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The men, Sergey Korolchuk and Dmitry Tishchenko, were stripped of their mobile phones and other electronic devices. At the same time, Sergey Korolchuk was detained and placed in a temporary detention center, where he stayed until June 20. During an interrogation, it was learned that Sergey had been under surveillance for a long time. He is charged under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation prohibiting the organizing of an “extremist organization.”

Criminal case

Case of Korolchuk in Ussuriysk

Region:
Primorye Territory
Locality:
Ussuriysk
Case number:
11902050012000027
Current stage:
preliminary investigation
Suspected of:
According to the investigation he “took steps to organize the recruitment of new members aimed at continuing the illegal activities of the banned religious organization ‘Jehovah's Witnesses Administrative Center in Russia’” (with reference to the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the liquidation of the religious organization “Jehovah's Witnesses Administrative Center in Russia” and its structural divisions)
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
Investigating:
Investigation Department for Ussuriysk city of the Investigation Administration of the IC of Russia for Primorye Territory
Case initiated:
18 June 2019

Timeline

18.06.2019 СО по городу Уссурийску СУ СК РФ по Приморскому краю возбуждает уголовное дело за веру по ст. 282.2 (1); по версии следствия, «осуществлял действия по организации вербовки новых членов, направленные на продолжение противоправной деятельности запрещенной религиозной организации „Управленческий центр Свидетелей Иеговы в России“» (со ссылкой на решение Верховного суда РФ о ликвидации религиозной организации «Управленческий центр Свидетелей Иеговы в России» и ее структурных подразделений). Невинными жертвами правоохранителей становятся: Корольчук Сергей (1967 г.р.).
02.04.2020 Становится известно, что не позднее 30 марта 2020 года прокуратура вернула дело на доследование. Следственный комитет должен провести лингвистическую экспертизу.
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