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Another Petrozavodsk Resident Accused of Extremism and Loses Job Due to Persecution for Faith

Petrozavodsk. Photo: Alexxx Malev / CC BY-SA 2.0

On September 20, 2019, in Petrozavodsk, Dmitriy Ravnushkin, 44, was detained—right at his workplace. The Witness was taken for interrogation, which lasted about four hours, after which he was released under recognisance agreement. Three days later he was fired. His boss said: “We don’t need problems.”

Criminal case

Case of Amosov and Others in Petrozavodsk

Region:
Karelia
Locality:
Petrozavodsk
Case number:
11907860001000022
Current stage:
preliminary investigation
Suspected of:
According to the investigation they united in an organized group with the goal of organizing in the territory of the city of Petrozavodsk of the Republic of Karelia the activities of the local unit of the banned religious organization “Jehovah's Witnesses Administrative Center in Russia," including by organizing meetings and involving new members in its activities
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
Investigating:
Russian Federal Security Office for the Republic of Karelia
Case initiated:
31 July 2019

Timeline

31.07.2019 УФСБ России по Республике Карелия возбуждает уголовное дело за веру по ст. 282.2 (1); по версии следствия, верующие объединились в организованную группу с целью организации на территории города Петрозаводска Республики Карелия деятельности местного подразделения запрещенной религиозной организации «Управленческий центр Свидетелей Иеговы в России», в том числе путем организации собраний и вовлечения в его деятельность новых членов. Невинными жертвами правоохранителей становятся: Лещенко Николай (1962 г.р.), Амосов Максим (1976 г.р.), Гордеев Михаил (1959 г.р.), Равнушкин Дмитрий (1975 г.р.).
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