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RUSSIA: Religious persecution and issues – Jan 01.15

RUSSIA: Religious persecution and issues – Jan 01.15 – Bimonthly news digest

13.01.2023 – The Court of Appeal canceled the recovery of 931 million rubles from the Catholic Archdiocese

Sova Center – On January 11, 2023, the Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the Moscow Arbitration Court to recover 931 million rubles from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow in favor of the Affordable Housing company.

The decision of the Court of Appeal came into force from the date of its adoption.

Recall that the company represented the interests of a religious organization in the process of returning buildings in Milyutinsky Lane and demanded remuneration for its services in accordance with the contract, but the archdiocese refused to pay it. In October 2022, the Moscow Arbitration Court ordered the archdiocese to pay the required amount, but the appeal instance overturned this decision and ordered Affordable Housing LLC to pay the Catholics legal costs in the amount of three thousand rubles.

 

12.01.2023 – The Supreme Court of Russia partially satisfied the appeal of four Jehovah’s Witnesses from Omsk. One of them has already served a full prison term for his faith.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2023/01/120938.html

On January 11, 2023, the Supreme Court of Russia considered the cassation complaint of Jehovah’s Witnesses against the guilty verdict in the extremism case handed down on November 30, 2020 in Omsk and satisfied it in terms of revising the sentence served by Sergey Polyakov.

The Pervomaisky District Court of the city of Omsk more than 2 years ago sentenced Polyakov to 3 years in a penal colony, and 3 women were given a suspended sentence: Anastasia Polyakova 2.5 years, Gaukhar Bektemirova—2 years and 3 months, Dinara Dyusekeyeva—2 years. In May 2021, the appeal approved the verdict, and a year later this decision was upheld by the Eighth Court of Cassation of General Jurisdiction in Kemerovo. In November 2022, Sergey Polyakov was released after serving his full term in a colony.

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12.01.2023 – The Court in Kyzyl sentenced Anatoliy Senin to six years suspended sentence for his faith. 

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2023/01/120935.html

Six years suspended sentence—with such a sentence on January 12, 2023, the consideration of the case of Anatoliy Senin in the Kyzyl city court ended. Judge Vyacheslav Kyzyl-ool considered the discussion of the Bible among fellow believers to be an organization of extremist activity.

The starting point for the criminal prosecution of the believer was the searches in Kyzyl in January 2021. Then Anatoliy Senin was detained, and then sent under house arrest for 56 days. The believer was accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. Investigator of the RF IC Olchi Ohemchik considered the broadcasting of video recordings of religious content, the inducement to pray, sing religious songs and study the Bible as extremist actions.

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12.01.2023 – Cassation sent the case of 71-year-old Lyudmila Salikova, for a new appeal

Link to full text in Russian – https://jw-russia.org/news/2023/01/120936.html

On January 11, 2022, the Seventh Court of Cassation of General Jurisdiction in Chelyabinsk overturned the appeal ruling against Lyudmila Salikova. An appeal against a verdict for the faith of a veteran of the nuclear industry and a veteran of labor will be considered by a different composition of the Court of Appeal.

“If the courts had correctly applied the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, they would have acquitted me,” Lyudmila told the cassation court. “Communicating, reading and studying the Bible with my fellow believers, singing songs, praying, as well as telling others about my Bible-based beliefs, the investigation charged me with a crime.”

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12.01.2023 – The deep Constitution of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church

Byu Law – Mikhail Antonov is a professor of law associated with the Law Faculty of the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg.

At the formal level, the Russian Constitution provides a standard set of antidiscrimination guarantees that are similar to many constitutions of Western countries. It proclaims Russia to be a democratic Rechtsstaat (Article 1) and enumerates a solid list of inalienable rights and freedoms in Chapter 2. In particular, Article 13 guarantees ideological diversity and prohibits any state ideology; Article 14 establishes that Russia is a secular state in which there shall be no state or obligatory religion and that religious associations are separated from the State and equal before the law.

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12.01.2023 – Crimean imam sentenced to 17 years in prison

Sova center – On January 12, 2023, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don found Crimean Imam Raif Fevziev guilty in the case of involvement in the radical Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison, the first three years the imam will spend in prison, the rest of the term in a strict regime colony. As an additional punishment, restriction of freedom for one and a half years was appointed.

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11.01.2023 – Religious repression in Putin’s Russia

Providence – While religion was formally abolished under the USSR, under Putin it has been repressed. Consequently, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom identified Russia as one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom.

In December 2021, just two months before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s supreme Court dissolved the non-governmental agency (NGO) Memorial, which is the oldest and most respected human rights organization in Russia and an outspoken supporter of religious freedom. Among other activities, the group was compiling a list of those imprisoned for alleged offenses related to religion. The dissolution of Memorial was seen as a warning to other activists, that they too could be prosecuted for speaking out against Putin’s government.

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11.01.2023 – The Moscow Arbitration Court ordered the Catholic Archdiocese to pay a debt to a firm that helped return buildings

Sova center – On October 5, 2022, it became known that the Moscow Arbitration Court ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow to pay about 930 million rubles to the Affordable Housing company. In accordance with the agreement concluded in 2016, the company assumed the financial costs in a lawsuit to return the buildings in Milyutinsky Lane to the Catholics.

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11.01.2023 – The Kemerovo Court of Cassation upheld the conviction of Aleksandr Bondarchuk and Sergey Yavushkin—Four years suspended

Link to full text in Russian – https://jw-russia.org/news/2023/01/111049.html

On January 10, 2023, the Eighth Cassation Court of General Jurisdiction in Kemerovo upheld the conviction of Aleksandr Bondarchuk and Sergey Yavushkin – 4 years of suspended sentence. The hearing was held in person and was attended by 12 of the defendants’ relatives and friends.

The court of first instance passed its sentence in June 2021, and in February 2022, the appeal left it unchanged. Aleksandr Bondarchuk and Sergey Yavushkin still do not agree with the charges against them, as they reported in their appeals: “Neither the verdict nor the appellate ruling provides clear criteria by which we can clearly see what specific actions we took were a continuation of illegal activities of a liquidated legal entity.”

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10.01.2023 – Prosecutor General’s Office: Banned translation of “Sahih al-Bukhari” contains distortions “in favor of Salafi ideas”

Sova Center – On January 9, 2023, the Coordinating Center for Muslims of the North Caucasus (KCMSC) published the response of the Prosecutor General’s Office to a request regarding the recognition of the collection of hadiths “Sahih al-Bukhari” as extremist material.

Recall that one of the editions of this authoritative collection in a summary of the 15th-century imam al-Zubaidi (M.: Umma, 2007) was banned by a court in Tatarstan in December 2021. The decision stood in the court of appeal, after which the publication was included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials. The ban provoked a critical reaction from many Muslim figures.

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03.01.2023 – Moscow’s former chief rabbi: ‘The best option for Russian Jews is to leave’

JTA – Pinchas Goldshmidt, the former chief rabbi of Moscow who fled the country earlier this year, said other Russian Jews should leave before it’s too late in an interview with the Guardian.

“When we look back over Russian history, whenever the political system was in danger you saw the government trying to redirect the anger and discontent of the masses towards the Jewish community,” Goldschmidt told the Guardian. “We saw this in tsarist times and at the end of the Stalinist regime.”

He argued that Russia’s floundering invasion of Ukraine is starting to foster a similar environment.

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RUSSIA: Religious persecutions and issues – Bimonthly news digest

RUSSIA: Religious persecutions and issues – Bimonthly news digest (16-29.12.2022)

29.12.2022 – In Krasnoyarsk, a father of two young children was sentenced to 6 years in prison for believing in Jehovah God. 

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/291532.html

On December 28, 2022, in Krasnoyarsk, Judge of the Oktyabrsky District Court Sergey Gruzdev convicted 38-year-old Jehovah’s Witness Alexander Filatov and sentenced him to 6 years in a penal colony. That is the term requested by the prosecutor for the defendant.

Alexander and his wife Elena have two children. Shortly before the start of the criminal prosecution, the family moved from Krasnoyarsk to Novorossiysk. In July 2021, Konstantin Zhuikov, an investigator with the Investigative Committee for the Oktyabrsky District of Krasnoyarsk, opened a criminal case against Filatov.

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26.12.2022 – Blogger from Armavir found guilty of insulting the religious feelings of Muslims

Sova Center – On December 19, 2022, the Armavir City Court sentenced local game blogger Sergey Orlov to a year in prison under Part 1 of Art. 148 (public actions expressing clear disrespect for society and committed in order to offend the religious feelings of believers) and Part 1 of Art. 228 of the Criminal Code (illegal acquisition and possession of drugs without the purpose of sale). Earlier, on June 16, 2021, Orlov was sentenced under Part 3 of Art. 158 of the Criminal Code for stealing money from a bank card found by him to one and a half years of imprisonment on probation.

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23.12.2022 – In Vyazemskiy, the Court gave Sergey Kuznetsov a 2 years and 5 months suspended sentence for his peaceful beliefs

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/231146.html

On December 22, 2022, Ksenia Ostanina, a judge of the Vyazemskiy District Court of the Khabarovsk Territory, imposed a suspended prison senctence of 2 years and 5 months on 31-year-old Sergey Kuznetsov, with a probationary period of 2 years for participating in the activity of an extremist organization, basically, for his religion.

“I believe that calling me an extremist is a big mistake, as hatred towards people is something alien to Jehovah’s Witnesses because they follow the commandments of Jesus Christ to love people,” the believer stressed , addressing the court in his final statement.

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21.12.2022 – Azerbaijani citizen fined for “illegal” missionary work in Myski

Sova Center – On December 20, 2022, it became known that the Myskovsky City Court of the Kemerovo Region found the citizen of Azerbaijan guilty under Part 5 of Art. 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (carrying out missionary activity in violation of the requirements of legislation on freedom of conscience, committed by a foreign citizen or stateless person) and imposed a fine of 30 thousand rubles on him.

According to the police, he conducted missionary activities without documents confirming his right to conduct such activities on the territory of the Russian Federation.

 

20.12.2022 – Refusing to “carry out orders aimed at destruction and utter defeat of living people”

Forum 18 – A Leningrad Region court upheld Pavel Mushumansky’s request to have his mobilisation order cancelled. He had stated in his application for alternative service that based on his Christian beliefs he could not “carry out orders aimed at the destruction and utter defeat of living people”. Once the decision enters legal force, he should be able to return home from his military base. Dmitry Zlakazov, a Protestant whose application for alternative civilian service was rejected, lost his lawsuit against the military authorities. His whereabouts are unclear.

A Russian Protestant who sought to do alternative civilian service has succeeded in having his military mobilisation order declared illegal in court. While his lawyers have welcomed this decision as a “real act of justice”, the situation for conscientious objectors – religious and otherwise – remains murky during Russia’s “partial mobilisation”, which President Vladimir Putin has still not formally ended by decree.

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20.12.2022 – Russia’s spiritual security doctrine as a challenge to European comprehensive security approaches

The Review of faith & international affairs – In  the context of a special symposium in The Review of Faith & International Affairs dedicated to the OSCE Policy Guidance “Freedom of Religion or Belief and Security,” this article offers a comparison of the comprehensive security approach in that document and rival Russian understandings of national and human security. The article draws on Russian legal documents and the analysis of Russian public, church, and academic discourse from 2000 to the present.

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20.12.2022 – Cherkessk: fines for distributing religious literature

Sova center – In December 2022, we became aware of a number of rulings issued by the Circassian City Court of Karachay-Cherkessia under Art. 20.29 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (mass distribution of extremist materials) in connection with the distribution of prohibited religious literature.

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19.12.2022 – 4 Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to prison in Russia

Associated press – Officials of the Jehovah’s Witnesses say four Russian members of the religious denomination have been sentenced to prison terms ranging up to seven years.

Russia banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017 and designated the religion an extremist organization. More than 110 adherents are now in prison in Russia, Jehovah’s Witnesses spokesman Jarrod Lopes said in a statement.

He said the latest convictions were handed down in a court in the city of Birobidzhan in Russia’s far East, four years after they were arrested in home raids.

“It’s unthinkable that peaceful Christian men … would be accused of extremist activity and given harsh, lengthy prison sentences usually reserved for violent criminals,” Lopes said.

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19.12.2022 – Rosobrnadzor issued an educational license to the Buddhist Academy

Sova Center – On December 16, 2022, it became known that Rosobrnadzor issued a license to the Aginsky Buddhist Academy of the Trans-Baikal Territory of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia to conduct educational activities.

Graduates of the academy will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in Buddhist sciences and the qualification of a philosopher-theologian, an instructor-researcher of Tibetan medicine or a master of Buddhist tanka painting.

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19.12.2022 – Jehovah’s Witnesses were searched in Izhevsk. One of them was placed under house arrest

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/191326.html

On December 14, 2022, investigations took place in Izhevsk at two addresses where Jehovah’s Witnesses live. A criminal case has been opened against two believers, Yevgeniy Stefanidin, 33 and Aleksander Votyakov, 49.

Representatives of the Investigative Committee invaded the homes of believers early in the morning. Electronic devices, hard drives, storage media, etc. were confiscated from them.

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15.12.2022 – The Russian Supreme Court did not take the opportunity to uphold justice for innocent believers from Kamchatka

Link to full text in Russian: https://www.jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/151646.html

On December 15, 2022, the Judicial Board for Criminal Cases of the Russian Supreme Court reversed the acquittal verdict against three of Jehovah’s Witnesses and sent their case for a new appeal hearing. The court contradicted the Supreme Court Plenum’s explanations, which stated that worship services do not constitute a crime under Article 282.2 of the Russian Criminal Code.

The case was considered by Supreme Court judges Aleksey Shamov, Vasiliy Zykin, and Sergey Zelenin. About 20 people attended, including media and representatives of diplomatic missions from at least six countries. “We regret that the judges departed from the fundamental position of the Supreme Court,” says Yaroslav Sivulskiy of the European Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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RUSSIA: Religious freedom and issues – Bimonthly Digest (01–15.12.2022)

Religious freedom and issues – Bimonthly Digest (01–15.12.2022)

14.12.2022 – Ukraine handed over to the Russian Federation the rector of the Lisichansky Cathedral, convicted for transferring information about the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the Russians

Strana.today – Ukraine handed over to the Russian Federation the rector of the Lisichansky Cathedral, the priest Andriy Pavlenko . The video with him is published by the Russian media.

The priest was imprisoned for 8 months and a week ago he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for treason (he was accused of passing information about the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the Russians).

The Russian Federation claims that the exchange took place “thanks to the efforts of PMC” Wagner “.

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13.12.2022 – Sentence passed in Murmansk for statements against representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church

Sova Center – On November 30, 2022, the Leninsky District Court of Murmansk delivered a sentence under Part 2 of Art. 280 of the Criminal Code (public calls for extremist activity) to a 44-year-old resident of the city.

According to the court, on November 30, 2019, he wrote a statement from his account on one of the social networks “containing a call for the implementation of hostile, violent, aggressive actions against” representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC).

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12.12.2022 – Prosecutors reach the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, seeking the annulment of a rare acquittal of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Link to full text in Russian : https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/121611.html

The case will be heard by the Judicial Board for Criminal Cases of the Russian Supreme Court. This Court will deal with the direct consequences of its own decision to liquidate and ban all Jehovah’s Witnesses organizations in Russia, handed down in 2017.

On December 15, 2022, three residents of Kamchatka, who profess the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses, will appear before the Criminal Collegium of the Supreme Court of Russia. Spouses-teachers and a pensioner were found guilty of participation in the activities of a banned organization, but were acquitted by the Kamchatka Regional Court. The prosecutor’s office filed for a verdict of acquittal for the second cassation submission.

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09.12.2022 – State Duma deputy wants to develop another law on healers

Sova center – On December 2, 2022, the head of the State Duma Committee on Family Affairs, Nina Ostanina (KPRF), announced her intention to prepare a bill on criminal liability for fraudulent healers.

“We have a law on healing activity, nothing needs to be adopted. As far as punishment is concerned, this is my initiative. Too many divorced all kinds of scammers who, starting with the fact that people are left without apartments, money, but also cause irreparable damage to health , ”she said.

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08.12.2022 – The cassation instance reduced the term of imprisonment for a follower of Said Nursi

Sova center – Ilgar Aliyev was released. He was deprived of Russian citizenship and is going to be deported to Azerbaijan.

On November 22, 2022, the Fifth Court of Cassation of General Jurisdiction reduced by two years the term of imprisonment of a follower of the Turkish theologian Said Nursi, Ilgar Aliyev, who was convicted in 2018 under CC. 1 and 1.1 Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization and involvement in its activities), excluding part 1.1 from the verdict.

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07.12.2022 – In the Khabarovsk Territory, they fined for preaching and are going to expel a US citizen from the country

Sova Center – On December 7, 2022, it became known that in the Sovetsko-Gavansky district of the Khabarovsk Territory, a court found a US citizen guilty under Part 2 of Art. 18.8 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (violation by a foreign citizen or stateless person of the rules for entry into the Russian Federation or the regime of stay (residence) in the Russian Federation) and declared his stay in Russia illegal. He was fined two thousand rubles and will be expelled from the country.

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07.12.2022 – In the Shadow of Russia: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Central Asia

Bitter Winter – On December 2, 2022, CESNUR, the Center of Studies on New Religions, organized an international webinar on the theme “In the Shadow of Russia: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Religious Freedom in Central Asia.”

Central Asia is an area once part of the Soviet Union that includes five countries, with a total population of 73 million. Uzbekistan accounts for almost half of the population (33 million). The largest and richest (because of oil and gas) of the five countries, Kazakhstan, is as large as all Western Europe, and has a population of 19 million. Follow Tajikistan, approaching 10 million, and Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, with 6.5 million each.

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07.12.2022 – Chelyabinsk resident Vadim Gizatulin received a suspended sentence for his faith. The court considered extremism the discussion of the Bible and prayers to Jehovah God

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/071526.html

On December 7, 2022, the judge of the Metallurgical District Court of the city of Chelyabinsk, Vitaly Sirotin, found Vadim Gizatulin guilty of participating in extremist activities. The court sentenced an electrician who professes the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses to a suspended sentence of 2 years in prison.

The verdict has not entered into force and can be appealed.

Vadim Gizatulin faced persecution for his faith in February 2018. Then the security forces of the Chelyabinsk region initiated operational-search activities against local believers. A year later, Gizatulin was searched as part of the Vladimir Suvorov case , in which he was a witness. Vadim himself became a defendant in a criminal case in August 2021. After 2 months, they came to the believer with a second search. Since July 2022, Gizatulin has been under house arrest.

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05.12.2022 – An appeal in Nizhny Novgorod upheld another guilty verdict for faith. Maksim Zavrazhnov, 41, was sentenced to six years suspended sentence

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/051531.html

On December 5, 2022, the Nizhny Novgorod Regional Court approved the sentence to Maksim Zavrazhnov—6 years suspended sentence for reading the Bible. The believer still insists on his innocence and has the right to appeal this decision in the cassation procedure.

Maksim Zavrazhnov never denied that he was a Jehovah’s Witness and together with his friends he read the Bible and prayed to God. In court, he stressed: “My goal was not to continue the activities of the liquidated legal entity, but to worship God.”

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05.12.2022 – The Cassation Court sent the case of Yelena Menchikova from Cherkessk for a new trial.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/051450.html

On December 5, 2022, the Fifth Cassation Court of General Jurisdiction in the city of Pyatigorsk overturned the verdict and the appeal ruling in the case of 58-year-old Yelena Menchikova, who is disabled, and sent her case for a new trial before other judges.

The believer’s sentence was announced in December 2021. Two months later, the appeallate court confirmed her sentence, but waived her court costs.

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02.12.2022 – In Armyansk two believers were sentenced to six years in prison. 

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/12/021730.html

On December 1, 2022, Tatyana Fedeneva, judge of the Armyansk City Court of the Republic of Crimea, found Aleksandr Litvinyuk and Aleksandr Dubovenko guilty of extremism and sentenced them to 6 years in a penal colony— exactly what the prosecutor requested for them. The believers were taken into custody in the courtroom.

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01.12.2022 – Sergey Polyakov, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses from Omsk, was released.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/11/301613.html

On November 30, 2022, Sergei Polyakov’s sentence ended and he was released. The believer fully served the appointed term of imprisonment – 3 years, of which he actually spent about 1.5 years in the colony.

In November 2020, a district court found Polyakov guilty of extremism because of his religion. After an appeal confirmed the verdict in May 2021, Sergey was transferred to Valdai, which is 3,000 kilometers from his hometown. The journey took almost 2 months, and in August he arrived at correctional colony No. 4 in the city of Valdai.

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RUSSIA: Religious persecution issues, Bimonthly Digest, Nov. 16–30

Religious freedom and issues – Bimonthly Digest (15–30.11.2022)

 

28.11.2022 – In Ussuriysk, three of Jehovah’s Witnesses were given 6 years of suspended sentence for discussing the Bible

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/11/301332.html

On November 30, 2022, Dmitriy Babushkin, judge of the Ussuriysk District Court of Primorye Territory, found Sergey Korolchuk, Anton Chermnykh and Dmitriy Tishchenko guilty of “continuing the illegal activities of a banned religious organization.” This is how the authorities interpret the peaceful conversations of Jehovah’s Witnesses about the Bible.

All believers received the same sentence: 6 years of suspended term, 4 years of probation, and 1 year of restriction of liberty. The verdict has not yet entered into force and can be appealed.

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28.11.2022 – Sentence passed in Dagestan in case of four Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sova Center – On November 25, 2022, the Kirovsky District Court of Makhachkala sentenced Jehovah’s Witnesses Arsen Abdullayev, Marat Abdulgalimov, and Anton Dergalev to six and a half years of suspended imprisonment under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization) and Part 1 of Art. 282.3 of the Criminal Code (financing of extremist activities), and Maria Karpova to six years of probation under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code.

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24.11.2022 – Investigation of case against three Jehovah’s Witnesses completed in Taganrog

Sova center – On November 24, 2022, the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee for the Rostov Region reported on the completion of the investigation of the criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organizing the activities of an extremist organization) in relation to three Jehovah’s Witnesses.According to investigators, the defendants continued the activities of the community from 2016 to 2021, organizing “worship services and training sessions.” Probably, we are talking about Alexander Skvortsov, Vladimir Moiseenko and Valeria Tibia. Skvortsov  became a  suspect under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code in December 2021, since then he has been in jail. In April 2022, information appeared that the suspects under Art. 282 of the Criminal Code  became  Moiseenko and Tibiy.

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22.11.2022 – Jehovah’s Witness from Chelyabinsk region sentenced to suspended sentence

Sova center – On November 21, 2022, the Ashinsky City Court of the Chelyabinsk Region found 50-year-old Jehovah’s Witness Andrey Perminov guilty under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization) and gave him a six-year suspended sentence. The materials of the criminal case were  received  by the court in June. The persecution of Perminov, a disabled person of group I, began in June 2021 after a search was conducted at his  place , and at the same time searches were carried out at the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses Andrey and  Vadim  Fedorov. In November, they took a written undertaking not to leave Perminov; His case went to court on May 6, 2022.

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22.11.2022 – Volgograd citizen fined for possession of Islamic books

Sova Center – On November 16, 2022, the Dzerzhinsky District Court of Volgograd fined 3,000 rubles under Art. 20.29 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (storage of extremist materials for the purpose of mass distribution) of the father of many children, Kamal Kurbanov.

From the court ruling, it follows that the FSB officers came to the household, for which Kurbanov was responsible and in which, according to the department, a certain religious school operated.

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21.11.2022 – Believer, 59, placed under house arrest after a day in temporary detention facility. A new criminal case against a Jehovah’s Witness in Primorye

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/11/211653.html

On November 18, 2022, in the village of Tavrichanka, a search was carried out in the house of Viktor Chernov, 59. The next day he was interrogated and placed in a temporary detention center for a day. As it became known, the reason for the detention of the believer was the testimony of a secret agent who collected information about Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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21.11.2022 – The court in the Chelyabinsk region issued a guilty verdict to Andrey Perminov. Group I disabled person sentenced to 6 years probation for believing in Jehovah God

Link to full text in Russian : https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/11/211441.html

On November 21, 2022, the judge of the Asha City Court of the Chelyabinsk Region, Ravil Nusratov, found Andrey Perminov, 50, chained to a wheelchair from his youth, guilty of extremism because of his religion and sentenced him to 6 years of suspended sentence.

Andrey Perminov is a disabled person of the group I. The criminal prosecution of the believer began in the summer of 2021, when investigator Yevgeniy Dolgaev opened a criminal case against him, and a series of searches took place in the Chelyabinsk region of those whom the investigation considered to be Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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21.11.2022 – An appeal in Moscow upheld the verdict for Serebryakov and Temirbulatov. Believers sentenced to 6 years of probation

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/11/211919.html

On November 21, 2022, the Moscow City Court rejected the appeals of Yuriy Temirbulatov, Aleksandr Serebryakov and their defense lawyers and did not change the sentence—6 years of suspended sentence each. Believers still insist on their complete innocence and can file a cassation complaint.

In August 2022, the Golovinsky District Court of Moscow found the believers guilty of organizing the activities of an extremist organization for participating in religious services of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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17.11.2022 – In Ivanovo, a criminal case was initiated against Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sova Center -On November 9, 2022, three Jehovah’s Witnesses from Ivanovo were searched in connection with a new criminal case. Probably, it was initiated under Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization or participation in it).

During the searches, personal records, means of communication, memory cards and money were confiscated from believers. Two Jehovah’s Witnesses, whose names have not yet been released, have become defendants in a criminal case.

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17.11.2022 – A court in Krasnoyarsk fined a Jehovah’s Witness. Igor Gusev will have to pay the state 600,000 rubles for his faith

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/11/171322.html

In the Krasnoyarsk Territory, another guilty verdict was passed against one of Jehovah’s Witnesses: On November 17, 2022, the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Krasnoyarsk imposed a fine of 600,000 rubles on Igor Gusev, 58. Judge Aleksandr Aksyutenko considered it illegal to discuss the Bible peacefully with fellow believers.

The verdict has not entered into force and can be appealed. The believer insists on his innocence. According to him, the FSB investigator offered to formalize in writing “a renunciation of faith in Jehovah God.” In return, the believer was promised to stop the case. “It was at that moment that I realized that I was being tried not for a crime, but for my faith,” said Igor Gusev.

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16.11.2022 – Jehovah’s Witness sentenced to real time in Stavropol Territory

Sova Center – On November 14, 2022, the Georgievsky City Court of the Stavropol Territory sentenced Jehovah’s Witnesses Viktor Zimovsky, who was charged under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization) and Part 1 of Art. 282.3 of the Criminal Code (financing of extremist activities), as well as to spouses Anatoly and Irina Gezik, who were accused under Part 1.1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (involvement in the activities of an extremist organization), part 2 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of such an organization) and Art. 156 of the Criminal Code (improper performance of duties for the upbringing of a minor by a parent).

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16.11.2022 – Prison term, suspended sentence, and corrective labor: three of Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced in Stavropol for their faith

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/11/161451.html

On November 14, 2022, the Georgievsk City Court of the Stavropol Territory found Viktor Zimovskiy and the couple Anatoliy and Irina Gezik guilty of extremism for professing their faith. This decision was made by judge Nina Anashkina.

The court sentenced Viktor Zimovskiy to 6 years and 2 months in a penal colony (he was taken into custody in the courtroom), Anatoliy Gezik received 4 years and 2 months of corrective labor, and Irina Gezik was given a suspended sentence of 4 years and 2 months. The decision of the court has not entered into force and can be appealed. The believers insist on their complete innocence.

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RUSSIA : Special bimonthly freedom of religion or belief (01-15.09.2022)

RUSSIA : Special bimonthly freedom of religion or belief (01-15.09.2022)

14.09.2022 – In Chelyabinsk, special forces stormed the apartments of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Believer arrested.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/09/140838.html

On September 8, 2022, a raid on 13 houses of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chelyabinsk took place — the security forces broke out the windows and doors of the apartments. One of the believers, Dmitriy Dolzhikov, was detained and taken 1,500 kilometers away to Novosibirsk, where he was taken into custody.

The searches in the houses of the believers began in the evening and continued until midnight, and video footage was taken. Some were detained and taken away for interrogation to the Investigative Committee, while others were given summons for the next morning. These events affected about 34 people in total.

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14.09.2022 – Russian Supreme Court brands as terrorist, bans Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan

Interfax – The Russian Supreme Court branded the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan as terrorist and banned its operations in Russia on Wednesday, the court’s press service told  Interfax.

“The court has upheld a motion from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office to designate the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan as terrorist and to ban its activity in the Russian territory,” a court representative said.

Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov said during a working visit to Tajikistan that such a motion had been filed.

Tajikistan branded the party as terrorist and banned its operations a long time ago. It is also on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)’s register of terrorist organizations.

 

12.09.2022 – In the Chelyabinsk region, a new case was initiated on participation in the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sova Center – On September 12, 2022, the investigative department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Chelyabinsk Region announced that a criminal case had been initiated under Part 2 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of an extremist organization).

According to the Investigative Committee, since 2017 the suspect has been involved in the work of the local religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses and studied religious literature with other participants, which, according to the investigation, contained “statements degrading human dignity on the principle of attitude towards religion and elements of propaganda of the exclusivity of one religion over another “.

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09.09.2022 – Crimean Tatar sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges of participating in Hizb ut-Tahrir

Sova center – On September 9, 2022, the Southern District Military Court found the Crimean Tatar Yashar Shikhametov guilty under Part 2 of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of a terrorist organization) and sentenced him to eleven years in prison with the first four years in prison.In July, the prosecutor requested the same punishment for Shikhametov.

Shikhametov was detained in Crimea in February 2021, along with five other local residents – Leinur Seydametov, Timur Yalkabov, Azamat Eyupov, Ernest Ibragimov and Oleg Fedorov. All of them were charged with involvement in the Islamic radical party Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia.

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08.09.2022 – The researchers conclude that the Russian military often intentionally destroys churches and religious buildings

Risu – The Academic Religious Studies Workshop initiated the “Religion in Fire” project, which was supported by the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience and the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine.

One of the authors, Karen Nikiforov, spoke about the project with “Vechirniy Kyiv” (“Evening Kyiv”). Nikiforov is the head of the theology, religious studies and history of religion section of the Kyiv Small Academy of Sciences and a member of the expert commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine on history.

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08.09.2022 – Church-State cooperation and its impact on freedom of religion or belief and on gender issues in Russia

Risu – The cooperation between the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church has many legal implications. One such implication is that the ethical teachings of the Church exert influence on state policies in matters such as sexuality, gender, and family. This influence is one of this article’s main areas of focus. The Church’s teachings find wide support in Russian public opinion and thus indirectly influence lawmaking and law application in that nation. Another issue this article addresses is how the Church benefits from alliances with the State that enable it to consolidate itself by suppressing possible internal dissent and fighting its opponents among non-traditional religious denominations.

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06.09.2022 – Court passes judgment on Jehovah’s Witnesses from Vologda

Sova Center – On September 5, 2022, the Vologda City Court sentenced Jehovah’s Witnesses Nikolai Stepanov and Yuri Baranov. Both were found guilty of organizing the activities of an extremist organization (part 1 of article 282.2 of the Criminal Code). Stepanov was sentenced to four years in prison. He was taken into custody in the courtroom. Baranov received four years probation. The state prosecutor requested seven years of real time for Stepanov and seven years of probation for Baranov.

According to the investigation, with which the court agreed, from 2017 to 2019, the defendants organized the activities of the banned local religious organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Vologda” and “took part in its activities of an extremist nature, collecting money to finance it.”

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05.09.2022 – Supreme Court of Tatarstan approves sentencing of four Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sova Center – On September 2, 2022, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan upheld the judgment handed down by the Naberezhnye Chelny City Court against four Jehovah’s Witnesses on December 16, 2021. Recall that Vladimir Myakushin was found guilty under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization) and Part 1 of Art. 282.3 of the Criminal Code (financing of extremism) and sentenced to three years and one month of imprisonment with a two-year probationary period. Aidar Yulmetiev received part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code two years nine months suspended with a two-year probationary period, Ilham Karimov and Konstantin Matrashov – two and a half years each.

The criminal case was initiated in the spring of 2018 under cc. 1, 1.1 and 2 Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization, recruitment into it and participation in its activities). Four of the accused spent six months in a pre-trial detention center, then they were transferred under house arrest, and in the spring of 2019 they took a written undertaking not to leave.

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RUSSIA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly (16-31.08.2022)

RUSSIA: Freedom of religion or belief: Special bimonthly (16-31.08.2022)

29.08.2022 – Six who met to study their faith on trial in Moscow

Forum 18 – The largest trial for nearly eight years of Muslims who met to study the works of the late Turkish Muslim theologian Said Nursi began in the Russian capital with a preliminary hearing on 25 August. The six Moscow residents stand accused of “organising” and “participating in” the activities of “Nurdzhular”, which was banned as extremist in 2008 but which Muslims in Russia deny ever existed as a formal organisation. If convicted, the six men could face lengthy prison sentences or six-figure fines.

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26.08.2022 – A Mordovia Court sentenced six Saransk-based Jehovah’s Witnesses, including a woman, to two to six years in prison for practicing their faith

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/08/260914.html

On August 25, 2022, Yelena Simonova, judge of the Leninskiy District Court of Saransk, sentenced six Jehovah’s Witnesses, including a woman and a father of two young children, to gross terms of imprisonment in a penal colony just because of their religion.

The prosecutor requested 2.5 years in a penal colony for Shevchuk, Antonov and Korolev, 4 years and 2 months for the Nikulins, and 6.5 years for Atryakhin. Despite the absence of victims in the case, the court assigned real terms of imprisonment to all believers: for Vladimir Atryakhin—6 years, for Georgiy Nikulin and his wife Yelena—4 years and 2 months each, for Aleksandr Shevchuk, Aleksandr Korolev and Denis Antonov—2 years each. The believers were taken into custody in the courtroom.

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25.08.2022 – Jehovah’s Witnesses Searched in Sevastopol

Sova center – On August 24, 2022, at least three homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses were searched in Sevastopol and Yevpatoriya, and a criminal case was initiated under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization).

Two believers, 53-year-old Viktor Kudinov and 51-year-old Sergei Zhigalov, were detained; on August 26, the court was to choose a measure of restraint for them. Earlier, Zhigalov and his wife were witnesses in the criminal case of Jehovah’s Witness Viktor Stashevsky. In March 2021, he was sentenced to six and a half years in prison under Part 1 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code.

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23.08.2022 – Supporters of Tablighi Jamaat sentenced in Ulyanovsk

Sova Center – On August 23, 2022, it became known that the Nikolaevsky District Court of the Ulyanovsk Region found four local residents – M. Rafikov, S. Salkin, A. Shabanov and M. Sadykov – guilty of CC. 1 and 2 Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of an extremist organization and participation in it).According to information published in the media with reference to the FSB, they were sentenced to terms ranging from two years and eight months to six years and two months of suspended imprisonment. According to law enforcers, 59-year-old Rafikov “held secret meetings, coordinated preaching trips to mosques in other regions of Russia to indoctrinate and involve Muslims in extremist activities,” he was convicted under the first part of the article. The rest were found guilty under Part 2 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code.

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20.08.2022 – Western publication doubts pope and patriarch can end war

Link to full text in Russian: https://cutt.ly/0Cjq4dv

In Russia now every religious community is feeling the new line of the Kremlin with regard to faith, the Economist posits. Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, repeats official justifications for the war and puts forth his own. The head of the Department of External Church Relations of the RPTs, Metropolitan Ilarion, who received education in the West, refrained from active support of the war and in June 2022 was suddenly demoted and sent to Budapest as bishop.

The former chief rabbi of Moscow, Pinchas Goldshmidt, who recently left the country, says that now it is impossible to maintain “proper but distant” relations with the authorities, like before the war. Now clergy of all denominations say that they must support the invasion.

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19.08.2022 – Three Jehovah’s Witnesses arrested in Novocherkassk

Sova Center – On August 11, 2022, ten homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses were searched in Novocherkassk. 55-year-old Garegin Khachaturyan, 35-year-old Gevorg Yeritsyan and 66-year-old Lyubov Galitsyna were detained, the court took them into custody for two months. Galitsyna was charged under Part 2 of Art. 282.2 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of an extremist organization).

There is no information about what charges were brought against Khachaturian and Yeritsyan.

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18.08.2022 – Former confessor of Sredneuralsky Monastery sentenced to 3.5 years in prison

Sova Center – On November 30, 2021, the Izmailovsky Court of Moscow passed a sentence on the former shiigumen Sergiy (Romanov). The court found him guilty under Part 1 of Art. 330 (arbitrariness), part 3 of Art. 148 (violation of the right to freedom of religion), paras. “c”, “d” part 3 of Art. 110.1 (inducement to commit suicide) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

According to the investigation and the court, Romanov prevented the conduct of religious rites and inventory of monastic property, called on the nuns of the monastery to commit suicide, and also published calls for suicide on the Internet.

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17.08.2022 – The prosecutor’s office demands terms of 15 to 17 years in prison for five Crimean Tatars

Sova Center – On August 16, 2022, during the debate in the Southern District Military Court, a representative of the prosecutor’s office demanded that Enver Ametov, Ruslan Suleymanov, Yashar Muedinov, Rustem Sheykhaliev and Osman Arifmemetov be sentenced to long terms of imprisonment, who are charged under Part 2 of Art. 205.2 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of a terrorist organization) and Part 1 of Art. 30, art. 278 of the Criminal Code (preparation for a violent seizure of power).According to investigators, all of them are involved in the activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical Islamic party that is recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia. For Ametov and Suleymanov, the prosecutor asks for 16 years in a strict regime colony, for Muedinov – 15, for Arifmemetov – 16 and a half, for Sheikhaliev – 17. In addition, the prosecution demands that Sheikhaliev be sentenced to a year and a half of restriction of freedom, and to everyone else – a year.

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16.08.2022 – In Moscow, a Pentecostal pastor was taken into custody on charges of organizing the activities of an undesirable organization

Sova Center – On August 15, 2022, the Basmanny Court of Moscow took into custody until September 30 the pastor of the Church of Evangelical Christians (Pentecostals) “Christ the Savior” Nikolai Ulitin, accused under Part 3 of Art. 284.1 of the Criminal Code (organization of the activities of a foreign or international non-governmental organization, in respect of which a decision has been made to recognize its activities as undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation).

Recall that in several regions in the churches of the “New Generation” searches were carried out as part of the case under this article.

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16.08.2022 – Three years after the mass raid on Jehovah’s Witnesses, searches were again held in the Bryansk Region. Criminal case was initiated.

Link to full text in Russian: https://jw-russia.org/news/2022/08/161430.html

On August 11, 2022, in Trubchevsk and Unecha, two cities in the Bryansk Region, searches were carried out at the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Some of them were already invaded by the security forces in 2019.

The raid, conducted by officers Center for Combating Extremism (CPE) and the Investigative Committee, took place at least at four addresses. Electronic devices, personal records and friendly letters were confiscated from believers. During subsequent interrogation in the Investigative Committee, citizens used the 51st article of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

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