On the evening of June 2, 2019, in Prokhladny, attackers set fire to an empty building in which Jehovah's Witnesses used to hold meetings. Three sources of ignition were discovered.
The Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria set March 1, 2019, to hear appeals against the verdict handed down to a 70-year-old Witness of Jehovah from the town of Prokhladny.
The court believed the improbable: five witnesses for the prosecution who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses confessed to the mass distribution of religious literature under the personal direction of Arkadya Akopyan.
A verdict in the case of Arkadi Akopyan will be announced in the Prokhladniy District Court. In its closing arguments the prosecutor requested 3 years of incarceration with a suspended sentence. The accused believer in his closing comments requested that he be fully exonerated.
Oral arguments began on 21 December 2018 in Kabardino-Balkaria regarding 70-year-old Arkadya Akopyan, who is accused of violating Article 282(1) of the Russian Criminal Code. The prosecutor demands a conditional sentence of three years deprivation of liberty and two years’ probation.
At the hearings, the assistant prosecutor testified in favour of Yuriy Zalipayev. The prosecution is moving at a snail’s pace.
Investigators have brought an unusually absurd accusation against a 55-year-old Witness: he “called for beating up Orthodox believers and Muslims”. No evidence of this was found.
On 16 July 2018 in the town of Maysk (Kabardino-Balkaria), hearings begin in the case against Yuriy Zalipayev, who has become a victim of criminal prosecution for reasons of faith.
On 30 May 2018, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria reversed a lower court decision about blocking the official information site “Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia”.
Despite the objection of the state prosecutor, the court issued a ruling to assign a composite psycholinguistic expert study in the case.
The hearing will begin with the state prosecutor outlining the substance of the charges. Then a large number of witnesses, called by both the prosecution and the defence, will be questioned. The accused will also testify, and the case materials will be explored.
In Kabardino-Balkaria, Criminal Proceedings Begin Against Jehovah’s Witness Under “Extremism” Article
On 16 May 2017, the Prokhladniy City Court began considering a case in which a local Witness is charged under Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code.