Novosibirsk Region

In Novosibirsk, Valeriy Maletskov was released from house arrest. Now under a recognisance agreement, he awaits trial for his religious views

Novosibirsk Region

In Novosibirsk, Aleksandr Seredkin was released from house arrest on recognisance agreement. Criminal case for faith against him still open

Novosibirsk Region

Vitaliy Popov from Novosibirsk found answers to his questions in the Bible and became suspected of extremism because of that. Read his biography

Novosibirsk Region

New Searches and Interrogations of Peaceful Christians in Novosibirsk

On the morning of July 29, 2019, in Novosibirsk, another wave of police raids targeted apartments of believers. The new subjects were Igor Muravyov, Anton Shakhmatov, Oleg Epifanov, Sergey Kozlyuk, and Aleksandr Serikov. Investigators suspect them of professing the faith of Jehovah's Witnesses. Their personal belongings were seized.

Novosibirsk Region

Novosibirsk citizen persecuted for “reading and discussing literature declared extremist.” Read her bio

Novosibirsk Region

Aleksandr Seredkin’s bio published. He is under house arrest in Novosibirsk because of his religious affiliation

Novosibirsk Region

New Criminal Case in Novosibirsk: 70 Interrogated

On April 19, 2019, Federal Security Service (FSB) officers raided 12 private apartments of citizens thought to be Jehovah's Witnesses. In all, 70 persons were interrogated and three of them, one a woman, were detained. On the next day, the local court put the two men, 64-year-old Aleksandr Seredkin, and Valeriy Maletskov, 44, under house arrest. The third person detained, Marina Chaplykina, 48, was confined to a restricted residence.

Novosibirsk Region

More Banned Publications Planted in Homes

In April 2019, in the city of Novosibirsk and in the resort settlement of Inozemtsevo, Stavropol territory, law enforcement officers planted officially banned books in Witnesses’ homes while conducting the search. The same tactic was often used by officials in 2016-2017, but since the Russian Supreme Court has ruled to ban and liquidate all of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ local religious organizations (LRO) in Russia, this practice almost stopped.

Hundreds of Letters From all Over the World Sent to Believers in Detention

By April 15, 2019, Yuriy Savelyev, who has been in detention for his faith for almost six months, received 715 letters of support and small gifts. Residents of many countries, e.g. Australia, Austria, Belarus, Poland, Russia, USA, Ukraine, UK and France, acted in  support of the 64-year-old Witness from Novosibirsk.

Novosibirsk Region

Mass Searches and Criminal Case in Novosibirsk

On November 8, 2018, searches were carried out in the city of Novosibirsk in at least 10 homes of civilians suspected of jointly practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. Arrested was 64-year-old Yuriy Savelyev. By a decision of Maria Shishkina, judge of the Central District Court of Novosibirsk, he was sent to jail until January 7, 2019.

Novosibirsk Region