Transbaikalia Becomes the 54th Region of Russia Where Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Repressed. Searches in the City of Chita and Six Other SettlementsTrans-Baikal Territory
Early on the morning of February 10, 2020, FSB officers simultaneously searched the Trans-Baikal Territory, including Chita, the towns of Baley, Khilok and Krasnokamensk, the villages of Kurort-Darasun, Pervomaiskoe, Amazar, Duldurga, Yasnogorsk and Verkhnyaya Hila. Detained were Vladimir Ermolaev, Oleg Podgrushin, Aleksander Putintsev, Victor Reshetkov, and others.
Ironically, the Trans-Baikal Territory is where, during the Stalinist repressions, Jehovah’s Witnesses were massively exiled to a special settlement. Believers were later rehabilitated and recognized as victims of political repression.