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In Belgorod the staff of the Centre for combating extremism were set up in a Studio apartment couples hidden camera and nine months followed them, suspecting of having links with banned in Russia as a religious organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses” reports “Rain” with reference to the lawyer of Anton Omelchenko.
The publication notes that in the framework of the broader implications of a city court three gave the fighters against extremism permission to shoot a hidden camera for a period of three months. Security officials wanted proof that the apartment is going to the Jehovah’s witnesses and pray together.
“In the case recorded all really: here they are watching TV, once spoke negatively against the government — then make a mark “Abused power”. Shorthand. For me it is also a shock,” — said Omelchenko.
In the end, against family members and other followers of the organization were prosecuted. The publication does not specify under which article, but he was probably talking about the article 282.2 of the criminal code (“Organization of an extremist organization”). The pair left the country, others waiting for the court. Condos for prayers the defendants face up to six years of imprisonment.
In April 2017, the Supreme court recognized “Jehovah’s Witnesses” extremist organization and banned its activities in Russia. Against several of her followers on the criminal case. The human rights centre “memorial” recognized 29 Jehovah’s witnesses political prisoners. For half a year, more than 200 members of the organization fled to Finland to ask for political asylum. The number of those who went to Germany, Spain and the United States, is not known.
In Russia there are about 172 thousand followers “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.
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