On August 22, 2019, Aleksey Metsger, 42, resident of Perm, was officially charged with participating in “extremist activities.” A recognizance not to leave his home city was taken from him. The believer faces up to six years in prison only for practicing his religion.
Three hundred thousand rubles instead of the 3.5 years in prison the prosecutor had requested, said the Ordzhonikidze District Court of Perm to Aleksandr Solovyov—one of Jehovah's Witnesses. The verdict was announced on July 4, 2019. The believer insists on his innocence and will appeal the sentence.
In Perm, the trial has ended of Alexander Solovyev, who is charged under Part 2 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (organizing activities of an extremist organization). The prosecution asked to send the 49-year-old Witness believer to a penal colony for 3.5 years.
On May 6, 2019, Aleksander Deryshov, the Deputy Prosecutor of the Perm Territory, signed a final document in which investigators summarized the charge against Perm resident Aleksandr Solovyov, 48, who is suspected of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. The case goes to court.
Measures have been reduced from prison detention to restrictions on various activities, and even just on travel, but believers still face the threat of up to 10 years in prison. Investigators demand the right to hold them under guard in failed attempts to force them into self-incrimination.
Searches took place in cities of the Perm Territory, and several persons were detained and interrogated. 50-year-old Igor Turik and 51-year-old Viktor Kuchkov were put under house arrest after being in custody in the detention centre.
On 24 May 2018, after being in detention for two days, a 48-year-old Jehovah’s Witness, Aleksandr Solovyev, was released from custody. The court found it possible to impose the more lenient preventive measure of house arrest.
The Supreme Court decision has caused a torrent of violations of the rights of citizens. Reports indicate that the management of institutions are initiating the dismissal of Jehovah’s Witnesses.