Actions of Law Enforcement Officers

A new Criminal Case and Searches on Sakhalin. Believers Suspected of Extremism Because of Bible Discussion

Sakhalin Region

On August 22, 2023, searches were carried out at at least at two addresses in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and in the port city of Korsakov. Four people were detained for interrogation, after which the security forces released them.

Early in the morning, law enforcement officers knocked on the door of Roman Gumenyuk, 39, and his wife. The believers opened the door, after which Sergey Nevidimov, Senior Investigator of the Korsakov Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Sakhalin Region, acquainted them with the search warrant as part of a criminal case initiated under Part 2 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (participation in the activities of an extremist organization). The search took place in the presence of an armed security officer, a technical specialist and two witnesses. Flash drives, laptops, tablets, as well as personal records were seized from believers. A search was also conducted in the car from which the phone was seized.

That same morning, law enforcement officers came to the couple Yegor Bayevskiy and his wife Vera. All electronic devices and storage media, a webcam, and an electronic photo frame were seized from them. The search was led by senior investigator Marina Bykova. Law enforcement officers behaved respectfully, but they did not respond to complaints about her feeling ill and requests to call the ambulance for Bayevskiy's wife.

In both cases, the searches lasted approximately two hours. Then the believers were taken to the Korsakov Investigative Department and interrogated.

Five believers from the Sakhalin region have already received suspended sentences for their beliefs.

Case of Gumenyuk in Korsakov

Case history
Roman Gumenyuk from Korsakov was searched and interrogated in August 2023. A month earlier, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him under the article on participation in the activities of an extremist organization. This is how the investigation interprets conducting conversations on biblical topics via video conferencing.

Persons in case

Criminal case

Sakhalin Region
Suspected of:
"by means of unidentified technical means in the format of video conferencing in unidentified places ... took part in regular meetings, during which he propagandized extremist ideology" (from the decision to initiate a criminal case)
Court case number:
March 19, 2023
Current case stage:
Preliminary investigation
Korsakovsky Interdistrict Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Sakhalin Region
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (2)