Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area

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, 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.

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.

ECHR Imposes Interim Measures in Response to Torture Complaint From Surgut

On February 26, 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Russian government to immediately send 57-year-old Sergey Loginov—one of seven Jehovah’s Witnesses who reported torture in the building of the Investigative Committee—for an independent medical examination.

Withdrawal of the Surgut Investigation Team Urged Over Torture Reports

An application was submitted for the withdrawal of the Surgut investigative group. The application stated that reasonable grounds exist that the investigators tortured Jehovah's Witnesses in their custody.

Witnesses in Surgut Turned to the Hotline of Investigative Committee of Russia Because of Torture

On February 16, 2019, the hotline of the Investigative Committee of Russia (RFIC) received a request to open an investigation against Dmitry Asmolov, Investigator of the Surgut Department of the RFIC, because of torture that took place during the intervals between his interrogations.

In Surgut, After Torture, Three Worshippers Are Thrown Into Prison

Surgut City Court decided to impose upon 42-year-old Yevgeny Fedin, 57-year-old Sergey Loginov and 50-year-old Artur Severinchik a preventive measure in the form of pre-trial detention.

Torture of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Surgut

At least seven of Jehovah’s Witnesses were subjected to torture—electric shocks, suffocation, and cruel beatings—in the Russian Investigative Committee’s building in Surgut.

Large-Scale Operation Against Jehovah's Witnesses in Surgut

Early in the morning of February 15, 2019, mass searches were held in the homes of citizens in the city of Surgut and the town of Lyantor. According to incomplete data, 15 people were detained and taken to the investigating authorities.

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area Judge Sentences Believer to 55 Days

On February 8, 2019, the Khanty-Mansiysk District Court ordered 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov to be sent to jail.

Searches and Detention in Yugra

On February 6, 2019, in the town of Uray (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra) eight houses were searched. 38-year-old Andrey Sazonov was arrested.