European Union Calls on Russian Authorities to Stop Ill-Treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses

Штаб-квартира ОБСЕ в Вене. Источник фото: OSCE / Curtis Budden

A joint statement of the 27 European states-members of the European Union (EU) was circulated on March 12, 2020, in Vienna at a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The statement was joined by another six non-EU countries. “According to reports . . . in Orenburg, five individuals were beaten by prison officials of Penal Colony No. 1. All suffered severe injuries and one needed hospitalization,” says the statement. “Since the liquidation of all local religious organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, reportedly 869 houses have been searched, 26 individuals are in pre-trail detention, 23 under house arrest, 316 are charged and 29 already convicted. . . . Jehovah’s Witnesses must be able to peacefully enjoy their human rights, including the right to freedom of religion or belief, freedom of association and peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, without discrimination. . . . We call upon the authorities to drop all charges against individuals who have been unjustifiably prosecuted or imprisoned for exercising their human rights.”

Case of Bazhenov and Others in Saratov

Saratov Region
Case number:
Number of the case in court:
Current stage:
verdict took effect
Suspected of:
according to the investigation, together with others he conducted religious services, which is interpreted as “organising the activity of an extremist organisation” (with reference to the decision of the Russian Supreme Court on the liquidation of all 396 registered organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses)
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
Investigative Department of the Directorate of the FSB of Russia for the Saratov Region
Case initiated:
9 June 2018


С 17.07.2017 по 09.06.2018

Ведется скрытое наблюдение, в том числе проводится аудио- и видеозапись, с целью сбора информации в отношении Константина Баженова, Алексея Буденчука, Алексея Мирецкого, Феликса Махаммадиева, Романа Гридасова, Геннадия Германа.
09.06.2018 Следователь следственного отдела УФСБ России по Саратовской области возбуждает уголовное дело по ч. 1 ст. 282.2 УК РФ.
12.06.2018 Произведены 7 обысков в домах верующих, в том числе у Романа Гридасова, Константина Баженова, Алексея Буденчука, Алексея Мирецкого, Геннадия Германа и Феликса Махаммадиева. Во время двух обысков верующим были подброшены запрещенные материалы. Роман Гридасов, Константин Баженов, Алексей Буденчук, Геннадий Герман и Феликс Махаммадиев задержаны по подозрению в совершении преступления, предусмотренного ч. 1 ст. 282.2 УК РФ. В отношении Мирецкого Алексея избрана мера пресечения в виде подписке о невыезде и надлежащем поведении.
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