Kirov Region

Andrzej Oniszczuk Is Free After 11 Months in Jail. No Other Jehovah's Witnesses Jailed in Kirov Now

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.

Kirov Region

While in Jail 122 Days, Witness Received 562 Letters of Support

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.

Kirov Region

Andrzej Oniszczuk’s detention extended until October 2, 2019, approaches 12 months

Kirov Region

In Kirov, criminal case opened against pensioner because of singing Bible songs and reading Bible. Read Anatoliy Tokarev's bio

Kirov Region

In Kirov, Law Enforcement Officers Seize Computers, Apply Pressure

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.

Kirov Region

In Kirov, New Criminal Case for Faith Follows Search

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.

Kirov Region

2019 In Kirov, a 58-year-old citizen, Aleksandr Shamov, 'got into the wheels of prosecution' for his religious beliefs. Who is he?

Kirov Region

In Kirov, a young engineer, Andrey Shchepin, is persecuted for his beliefs. Capsule biography available in Russian

Kirov Region

In Kirov, 70-year-old Yevgeniy Udintsev is persecuted among others. What do we know about this man?

Kirov Region

In Kirov, Only Andrzej Oniszczuk Left in Detention Center

The Pervomaysky District Court of Kirov on March 28, 2019,  refused investigators’ request to extend the term of Yevgeny Suvorkov’s detention.

Kirov Region

New Searches and Detentions in Kirov

On the morning of March 26, 2019, a wave of new searches began in Kirov in the homes of citizens thought to be Jehovah's Witnesses. It is known there were searches in at least 10 apartments. Several people were  detained.

Kirov Region

Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Nothing to Do With Munitions in Kirov

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.

Kirov Region

In Kirov, New Criminal Case and Five Arrests, Including Polish Citizen

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.

Kirov Region

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After Supreme Court Decision, More Pressure on Schoolchildren of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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.