Since June 1, 2019, Jehovah's Witnesses Marat Abdulgalimov, Arsen Abdullaev, Anton Dergalev, and Mariya Karpova have been held in the Makhachkala detention center because of their faith. On July 25, 2019, Dalgat Hadgiev, a judge of the Sovetsky District Court of Makhachkala, ordered to prolong their detention until September 27, 2019, despite the fact that the only accusation against them was their religion. All four are clearly aware that they have not done anything wrong or illegal, and maintain a positive attitude.
On June 3, 2019, the court in the city of Makhachkala sent to jail for two months Arsen Abdullayev, 40; Maria Karpova, 38; Anton Dergalev, 34; and Marat Abdulgalimov, 27. Two days earlier, FSB officers in masks with machine guns invaded about 10 homes of local Jehovah's Witnesses.