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.