In the morning of June 26, 2019, in Budyonnovsk (Stavropol Territory), searches were conducted in six homes of Witnesses. These intrusions of law enforcement officers are connected to a series of arrests in nearby Neftekumsk, where three people have been in jail more than seven months.
On the morning of July 9, 2019, in Nevinnomyssk (Stavropol Territory), special services searched the home of at least one Witness believer. According to unconfirmed information, during the special investigation, the security forces threw forbidden literature to the believer.
In April 2019, in the city of Novosibirsk and in the resort settlement of Inozemtsevo, Stavropol territory, law enforcement officers planted officially banned books in Witnesses’ homes while conducting the search. The same tactic was often used by officials in 2016-2017, but since the Russian Supreme Court has ruled to ban and liquidate all of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ local religious organizations (LRO) in Russia, this practice almost stopped.