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.

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.

Mass Searches and Criminal Case in Novosibirsk

On 12 November 2018, the court put Vitaliy Zhuk, Nikolay Polevodov and Stanislav Kim behind bars on suspicion of worshipping Jehovah God. The arrests were preceded by an operation to catch Witnesses at a gathering in a cafe.

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