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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.