On March 26, 2019, the Federal Security Service charged Artem Gerasimov with organizing extremist activities. Another one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Taras Kuzyo, is a suspect in this case. Both men were released after being interrogated.
At least six homes of local Jehovah's Witnesses were searched on March 20, 2019, in the Crimean towns of Yalta and Alupka. A criminal case has been initiated against believers. Several persons were detained for interrogation. 34-year-old Artyom Gerasimov was taken to the republican center city of Simferopol.
On average, 25 agents invaded each home. Several people were harmed to varying degrees. During the searches, money and valuables were stolen.
On 15 November 2018 in Dzhankoy, 78-year-old Aleksandr Ursu was pinned to the wall, fell on his knees and was handcuffed.
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.
For 8,000 Witnesses in Crimea, the Ministry of Justice claim to declare their 22 organisations “extremist” was a complete surprise.