For the first time in six months, a young couple, Sergey and Valeria Rayman, were allowed to live together, use the phone, and send and receive messages.
Measures have been reduced from prison detention to restrictions on various activities, and even just on travel, but believers still face the threat of up to 10 years in prison. Investigators demand the right to hold them under guard in failed attempts to force them into self-incrimination.
On 21 September 2018, Sergey Rayman came out of the detention centre after 59 days. It is noteworthy that the representative of the prosecutor’s office supported the motion for house arrest.
On 20 September 2018 throughout Kostroma, searches were conducted in the homes of persons suspected of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. At least four people, men and women, were arrested and taken for interrogation.
22-year-old Sergey Rayman was put behind bars. Preventive measures were imposed on his wife, who was forbidden to leave home at night or to use the Internet, phone or mail as well as to communicate with “persons professing the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses”.