On September 3, 2019, the judge of the Kirov Regional Court, Aleksandr Moseev, upheld the appeal of Andrzej Oniszczuk over the extension of detention. After almost a year behind bars and a ban on communication with his wife, the Polish citizen is finally free, but under recognizance agreement.
Now under house arrest, Maksim Khalturin, 45, continues to care for his elderly parents. He himself draws strength reading letters from people aware of his situation. He could receive letters while in jail, but under house arrest, correspondence is prohibited.
On July 17-18, 2019, Witnesses’ homes were searched in the city of Kirov. In the apartment of Anton Vasyukov, 48, computers were confiscated. Details of the search of Aleksey Okatiev, 62, and Yuriy Geraskov, 63, are unknown. In the city there are three identical criminal cases against 11 Jehovah's Witnesses. A citizen of Poland, Andrzej Oniszczuk, has been kept in a detention center there more than 280 days.
On May 24, 2019, police in Kirov searched the home of Anatoliy Tokarev, 60, leading to criminal charges under the article "Organization of extremist activities" for "joint singing of biblical songs ... in his apartment." He had to promise to appear for interrogation.
The Pervomaysky District Court of Kirov on March 28, 2019, refused investigators’ request to extend the term of Yevgeny Suvorkov’s detention.
Fragments of known disabled artefacts from the Second World War were seized, not from a Jehovah’s Witness, but from a relative who is an activist in a munitions search movement.
On 7 October 2018, the Smolensk Directorate of the FSB conducted a number of searches in the homes of persons suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Two women in Sychevka (Smolensk Region) could not be reached for three days.
On the background of judicial action against organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, some children have begun to experience unprecedented pressure. Here are some instances from Bashkiria and the Rostov and Kirov Regions.