Primorye Territory

New Searches for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Primorye; Believer Spends Two Days Behind Bars

Law-enforcement agencies searched homes of two citizens of Ussuriysk because they professed the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses. One has been under video surveillance; he was interrogated and spent two days in jail.

In Ussuriysk, Witness Sent to Jail for Two Months

On June 5, 2019, in Ussuriysk, local resident Sergey Melnikov, 46, was arrested and sent to a detention center for two months. This becomes at least the seventh criminal case against Jehovah's Witnesses in the Primorye Territory.

Court Seizes Car and Cash of a Witness in Vladivostok

On April 16, 2019, court ordered the seizure of the car and currency of Valentin Osadchuk, who is now under house arrest and who had spent 275 days in custody before that. On the same day, completion of a preliminary investigation was announced, moving to the stage allowing the accused to get acquainted with the criminal case materials.

Primorye Territory Resident Imprisoned for Her Faith

On April 19, 2019, law enforcement officers raided the homes of citizens thought to be Jehovah's Witnesses in the city of Partizansk. During the searches Irina Buglak, 44, was arrested and on the next day sent to a detention center. The court decided that discussing the Bible in one’s private apartment  is “a serious crime against the foundations of constitutional order.”

Five Detained After April 19 Invasions in Three Regions

In the evening of April 19, 2019, simultaneously but in three different regions, law enforcement groups raided the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The raids took place in the city of Partizansk, Primorye Territory, and the towns of Sharypovo and Minusinsk, Krasnoyarsk Territory. Five people were detained; two of them are still in custody.

In Primorsky Territory, the Court Imprisons Two Witnesses

On March 19, 2019, a court decided to send two Jehovah’s Witnesses, Sergey Sergeyev, who is 63 years of age, and Yuriy Belosludtsev, both from the village of Luchegorsk, to a detention center.

Near the Chinese Border, Searches and Detentions of Jehovah's Witnesses

On March 17, 2019, in the Primorsky Territory, searches were conducted in the homes of citizens whom law enforcement authorities consider to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. Two believers were detained and taken to the town of Dalnerechensk.

Four Men Held in Pre-Trial Detention for Their Religious Beliefs Have Been Transferred to House Arrest

Vladimir Alushkin in Penza, Vitaliy Zhuk and Nikolay Polyevodov in Khabarovsk, and Valentin Osadchuk in Vladivostok have all been released from pre-trial detention.

Primorskiy Territory: Criminal Case and Arrests in Spassk-Dalny

On 25 November 2018 on a wave of searches, five people were arrested and sent to a detention centre. Two days later, house arrest was imposed on four of them, and one man was released. In total, in the Primorskiy Territory, at least four criminal cases have been initiated for reasons of faith.

Third Criminal Case in Primorskiy Territory

In the course of the raid, police officers hit the 75-year-old home owner in the face.

In Vladivostok, Another Man Imprisoned for His Faith

On 30 July 2018, 44-year-old Dmitriy Barmakin was sent to a detention centre for two months. He came from Crimea to the Primorskiy Territory to take care of the sick mother of his wife Yelena.

In Primorskiy Territory, Peaceful Man in Detention for Two Months

In Vladivostok, 42-year-old Valentin Osadchuk is in detention until 20 June 2018. He is charged under Article 282.2(2) of the Russian Criminal Code. Two women, 66 and 83 years old, were called as suspects!

In Four Regions, Almost Simultaneous Arrests of Presumed Jehovah’s Witnesses

On 10, 18, 19 and 20 April 2018, home searches took place in Bashkiria, the Ivanovo and Murmansk Regions and the Primorskiy Territory. Four people were arrested.