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Dmitriy Ravnushkin from Petrozavodsk who was 4 times acquitted for his peaceful stance can be put to trial because of his faith. Read his biography

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Another Petrozavodsk Resident Accused of Extremism and Loses Job Due to Persecution for Faith

On September 20, 2019, in Petrozavodsk, Dmitriy Ravnushkin, 44, was detained—right at his workplace.

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A driver and father of two put in recognisance because of a criminal case due to his faith. Read biography of Mikhail Gordeev, 59, from Petrozavodsk

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New Criminal Case for Faith in Karelia. Mikhail Gordeev, 59, Detained at His Workplace and Placed Under Recognisance Agreement

On September 5, 2019, in Petrozavodsk (Karelia, Russia), FSB officers detained Mikhail Gordeev right at his workplace, suspecting him of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was searched, his tablet was seized, and he was taken to the FSB department. A criminal case was opened.

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Accountant Maksim Amosov from Karelia may go under trial because of choosing a “wrong” religion, as the authorities say. Here is his bio

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Petrozavodsk citizen Nikolay Leshchеnko, 57, faces criminal persecution for studying the book that changed his life to the better. His biography is revealing

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Engineer and father of three children in Karelia charged with extremism only because of his Christian views. Aleksey Smelov’s biography published

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At Least 17 Searches Conducted in Karelia; Three Criminal Cases Initiated for Faith

A wave of religious persecution in Russia reached Karelia, as the local FSB simultaneously opened three criminal cases against Jehovah's Witnesses, naming Aleksey Smelov, 44, from Kondopoga, and Maksim Amosov, 42, and Nikolay Leshchenko, 57, from Petrozavodsk. Each was the subject of a search, and a written recognizance agreement was taken from each. On July 31, 2019, in total, six searches in the homes of believers took place in the town of Kondopoga, and at least 11 searches were conducted in the city of Petrozavodsk.

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Searches and Detentions of Witnesses in Karelia

On July 31, 2019, the Federal Security Service for the Republic of Karelia searched at least 15 homes and workplaces of citizens considered to be Jehovah's Witnesses in the city of Petrozavodsk and the town of Kondopoga. Men and women were detained for interrogation, some for the whole night. There has been no communication with several who apparently still are being held. 

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July 31, 2019, law enforcement personnel of the Republic of Karelia conduct raids on Witnesses’ homes in the city of Petrozavodsk

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Court Takes Away Building in Petrozavodsk From Finnish Religious Organisation

The Petrozavodsk City Court partially granted the claim of the prosecutor’s office, which requested that ownership of the religious building of Jehovah’s Witnesses be transferred to the Russian Federation.

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Karelia Prosecutor’s Office Takes Away Finnish Religious Building

The case suddenly took an interesting legal turn. Three countries are involved in the judicial process.

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Family of Jehovah’s Witnesses Receives Medal From Head of State

On 31 May 2017 in Moscow, at a meeting in the Kremlin, the country’s president gave Valeriy and Tatyana Novik, Jehovah’s Witnesses from Karelia, the “Order of Parental Glory” medal.

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