Actions of Law Enforcement Officers

One of Jehovah's Witnesses from Izhevsk Placed in Pre-Trial Detention Center After Searches

Udmurtia

In the early morning of June 4, 2024, security forces invaded at least three families of Jehovah's Witnesses in Izhevsk. One man was sent to a pre-trial detention center, two were banned from certain actions.

A criminal case against believers - the fourth in the region - was opened by the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Udmurt Republic a day earlier. Proceedings on it are carried out by investigator Artur Selin.

The search at the home of Aleksandr Stefanidin, 32, and his wife began at about 7 a.m. and lasted 2 hours. Electronic devices and flash drives were seized from the family. After that, Aleksandr was taken away for interrogation. On June 5, the judge of the Industrial District Court of Izhevsk, Aleksandr Shishkin, sent Stefanidin to the pre-trial detention center.

Another of those against whom the case was opened is Indus Talipov, 73, a pensioner.