Photo: Sergey Sergeev (left) and Yuri Belosludtsev with his wife Elena (right)
In Primorye, Sergey Sergeyev and Yuri Belosludtsev were transferred from the pre-trial detention center to house arrestPrimorye Territory
At the end of September 2019, a court in Primorye Territory ruled to release two believers from the pre-trial detention center. Sergey Sergeyev and Yuriy Belosludtsev from Luchegorsk were placed under house arrest. Cases of faith against them continue to be investigated.
On September 24 and 26, 2019, the Primorsky Regional Court considered two appeals against the decisions of the Pozharsky District Court of the Primorsky Territory regarding the preventive measure of 64-year-old Sergey Sergeev and 55-year-old Yuriy Belosludtsev. In both cases, the presiding judges (Alexei Gorbachev and Irina Zhukova, respectively) overturned the rulings of the lower court and softened the measure of restraint. Believers are placed under house arrest, which imposes some restrictions on their actions (including a ban on the use of mobile communications and the Internet, receiving parcels and letters).
Yuriy and Sergey were detained on March 17, 2019 during mass searches and interrogations. Two days later, they were placed in a pre-trial detention center. They are accused of "promoting the activities of a banned organization [Jehovah's Witnesses]."
Both believers are still under investigation and face up to 10 years in prison for peacefully practicing their faith. In Primorsky Krai, Dmitry Barmakin and Irina Buglak remain behind bars on similar charges.