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.
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.
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.
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.
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.