Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area

Andrey Sazonov Released From House Arrest. Court Allows the Exemplary Family Head More Freedom

On August 22, 2019, the Khanty-Mansi Court of Appeal eased the measure of restraint for Andrey Sazonov from house arrest to ban of certain actions. Judge Natalya Pashayeva ruled that "the decision of the trial court is not based on objective data and contradicts the articles of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation." 

“We must get to the bottom of the truth.” In Surgut, the Head of the Human Rights Council Interviewed Witnesses Who Were Tortured​

On August 14, 2019, Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC), met with local Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut (Yugra) who officially announced the torture inflicted on them by law enforcement officers. The meeting was also attended by the head of the Investigative Committee in Yugra, the first deputy prosecutor of Yugra, the deputy chief of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Yugra, the deputy governor of Yugra and the mayor of the city of Surgut. On the part of the Witnesses, 28 people were present — victims, as well as members of their families who helped them cope with the psychological consequences of the experience. After the meeting, Mikhail Fedotov said: "My conclusion: We must get to the bottom of the truth. The President is very negative about the facts of torture. We remember his words that this is an absolutely unacceptable practice."

House arrest for Andrey Sazonov prolonged till September 31, 2019, despite only 30 days in September

Peaceful Surgut citizen Pavel Romashov faces prison just because of his religious views. What do we know about him?

69-year-old pensioner Leonid Rysikov in Surgut is suspected of extremism because of his religion. Here is his bio

61-year-old disabled man, Vasiliy Burenesku, faces prison because of his faith. Read his bio

57-year-old Viktor Fefilov persecuted for his religious beliefs in Surgut. What do we know about him?

In Surgut, 50-year-old driver Igor Petrov persecuted for his faith. What is known about him?

Surgut lawyer Timofey Zhukov can end up in prison because his faith is declared “extremist.” What do we know about this man?

Oil worker from Surgut, Igor Kobotov, under criminal prosecution because of his religion. Read his biography

47-year-old Ilkhom Aminzhanov faces real prison term because of his faith. His biography is revealing

After 22 years of flawless work, firefighter Igor Trifonov from Surgut fired because of his faith. His bio is revealing

Surgut nurse Viola Shepel faces criminal prosecution for her faith. What do we know about her?

Searches of Two Believers in Surgut Declared Illegal

On March 27, 2019, Superior Court of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug satisfied the appeal complaint of Vyacheslav Boronos and Yevgeniy Kayryak. Warrants to search their apartments were declared illegal due to procedural violations.

In Surgut, believers Sergey Loginov and Yevgeniy Fedin were prohibited from certain activities after leaving Detention Center

In Surgut, Both Jehovah's Witnesses Released from Detention

Sergey Loginov and Yevgeniy Fedin, who had been in detention in Surgut since February 15, were released on April 11, 2019. The court imposed a ban forbidding  them to leave the house at nighttime, to communicate with individuals involved in the case, or to use the mail, phone, and Internet.

ECHR Ends Interim Measures, but Continues Considering the Complaint on Torture

The European Court withdrew the urgent interim measures regarding one of Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut who complained of torture (such measures are usually imposed when there is a threat to the life of the applicant). However, the withdrawal does not mean that the ECHR recognized a failure to prove torture.

Near Surgut, New Searches in the Houses of Worshippers

On February 28, 2019, in the cities of Nefteyugansk and Pyt-Yakh (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area - Yugra), located near Surgut, searches were held in the homes of citizens suspected of practicing the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Witness Moved to House Arrest

Khanty-Mansiysk District Court on Feb. 26, 2019, denied the Investigation Committee of Russia's request to detain 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov.

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Babushkin Demands Halt to Surgut Tortures

Andrey Babushkin, Chairman of the Permanent Commission to Support Public Monitoring Commissions, Penitentiary System Reform, and Crime Prophylactic, directed his appeal to the Prosecutor General and the head of the Investigative Committee.

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area