On September 19, 2019, the judge of the Leninskiy District Court of Saratov, Dmitriy Larin, sentenced six city residents to various terms of imprisonment on the basis of their religion. Such a harsh sentence for believing in Jehovah became the second such instance in the history of modern Russia.
In Saratov, Prosecution Requested Six and Seven Years of Jail for 6 Jehovah’s Witnesses. Verdict Will Be Known Shortly
On September 18, 2019, in the Leninsky District Court of Saratov, the prosecutor requested 7 years of prison term for Konstantin Bazhenov, Feliks Makhammadiyev and Aleksey Budenchuk and 6 years for Aleksey Miretskiy, Roman Gridasov and Gennadiy German. All of them are charged with their religious beliefs.
Konstantin Bazhenov, Aleksey Budenchuk and Feliks Makhammadiyev were released after 11 months in a Saratov jail. They are still accused of organizing extremist activities, but the preventive measure for them has been changed.
On April 11, 2019, a Saratov court prolonged to one year the period of detention for Konstantin Bazhenov, Feliks Makhammadiyev and Aleksey Budenchuk. Their term will now expire June 12. The believers maintain a positive attitude despite unjust criminal persecution.
Searches took place on 12 June 2018 in Saratov. Three peaceful, respected men were arrested: Konstantin Bazhenov, Aleksey Budenchuk and Feliks Makhammadiyev.