03 June 2020, 13:47
Case involving organization of Jehovah's Witnesses group being investigated in Moscow Region
Moscow, June 3, Interfax - A resident of the Moscow Region has been charged with organizing a group of the religious organization Jehovah's Witnesses (banned in Russia), as well as involving new members in it.
"A 33-year-old man [his name is not stated] has been charged with organizing the work of an extremist organization," Olga Vradiy, an official with the regional directorate of the Investigative Committee, told Interfax on Wednesday.
"According to investigators, in August-November 2019 the accused organized on the territory of a populated area in the Odintsovo City District the work of an association part of a religious organization whose activities have been recognized by the Supreme Court as extremist and been banned on the territory of Russia," Vradiy said. She did not name the organization.
In the meantime, an informed source told Interfax that the organization is the Jehovah's Witnesses.
"The man organized meetings of members of the banned organization, communicated the content of religious literature to them, and also recruited and involved other people in the organization's activities," Vradiy said.
Five searches have now been conducted, in which phones, tablets, and computers, "as well as handwritten lectures and notes calling for participation in said extremist organization," were seized, she said.
"Also, a number of witnesses have been questioned. Measures have been taken to determine other people involved in the crime. A decision on the measure of restraint for the accused will be made by the investigator in the near future," Vradiy said, adding that the involvement of the accused in said crimes was determined in collaboration with Federal Security Service and Interior Ministry officials.