On November 7, 2019, Moscow City Court will consider the complaints of Witnesses from Chekhov, near Moscow. It became known that security forces invaded their homes after midnight; that during the searches, money and tools were stolen; after the detention that they had been deprived of food up to 36 hours, and that one policeman had broken a rib of a relative.
On October 3, 2019, there began a wave of detentions in Chekhov (Moscow region). At the moment, it is known that Zinaida Krutyakova, Konstantin Zherebtsov, Vitaliy Nikiforov and Nikolai Yakovlev were placed under house arrest. All are accused of practicing the faith of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Sergiyev Posad residents, who had been subjected to criminal prosecution for their religion, received from the city prosecutor’s office a letter of apology along with an explanation of the exoneration procedure.
On 17 August 2017 in the village of Nikonovsk, a 56-year-old follower of the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses was attacked, resulting in her hospitalisation.
An 8-year-old girl sang songs of Jehovah’s Witnesses and talked about God with a classmate. The school director handed her parents a warning.
On 30 April 2017 in the village of Lutsino (Moscow Region), a local resident firebombed the home of Witnesses.
There are no victims in this case, and these men have not instigated any violations. Rather, they themselves are victims of criminal prosecution, and this only because of their religion.
On 10 April 2017 in the Sergiyev Posad City Court, hearings continue in the criminal case against the Witnesses. The court has received the results of an expert study of their sermons to identify signs of “extremism”.
The text of the acquittal in the case of the Witnesses accused of “extremism”. Later, the appellate court returned the case for retrial.