Law enforcement officers in Kirov plan to take away the only housing of an elderly woman as punishment for her faithKirov Region
On July 1, 2019, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Kirov seized Lydia Kachurina's apartment and garden, in case her 60-year-old son, Anatoliy Tokarev, was found guilty of extremism for being a Jehovah's Witness. An apartment and a plot will be needed to recover a large fine from him.
The investigation suspects Anatoly Tokarev of "organizing ... including in his apartment... meetings" of fellow believers, together with them he sang biblical songs and studied religious literature, "the so-called "Holy Scripture" (Bible)."
In May 2019, Anatoly's house was searched. When Anatoliy refused to cooperate with the investigation, the security services threatened problems for his family members.
On July 19, 2019, Anatoliy Tokarev was informed of the decision of Sergey Skorobogaty, a judge of the Oktyabrsky District Court of Kirov, who arrested his housing and land plot owned by Tokarev's elderly mother. On July 24, 2019, Anatoliy Tokarev appealed against the decision to seize property.
Tokarev and his mother are not the only Kirov residents who have faced problems because of their religion. After a series of searches in Kirov, criminal cases were opened against at least 11 Jehovah's Witnesses. Polish citizen Andrzej Oniszczuk has been held in pre-trial detention for more than 290 days.