Stavropol Territory

More Banned Publications Planted in Homes

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.

Arrests, Searches and Criminal Case in Stavropol

On 9 December 2018 in Neftekumsk, eight searches were conducted, three people were sent to a detention centre and one was put on the wanted list. The reason? ‘They refused to renounce their religious views’.

Mass Searches of Homes in Nevinnomyssk

On 21 November 2018, nine searches were conducted in the Stavropol Territory. Computers and other electronic devices were seized. Residents were taken for interrogation.