21 July 2021, 17:30
Three Jehovah's Witnesses fined in Kirov
Nizhny Novgorod, July 21, Interfax - A court in Kirov has handed down a sentence to three local residents, members of the Jehovah's Witnesses religious organization, which is banned in Russia, the press service for the regional investigative directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee said.
The Kirov residents were found guilty of organizing the activities of a religious organization on which there is a court ruling in legal force on its liquidation in connection with extremist activities.
"The court fined them 200,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles," the report said.
According to the investigators, the convicts "took active actions aimed at continuing the illegal activities of the organization" in the period between July 2017 and March 2019.
In particular, they organized meetings with religious speeches and services, "disseminated religious literature, called on citizens to refuse medical intervention, expressed a negative attitude to and did not recognize state bodies and local self-government bodies."
The convicts also raised at least 119,000 rubles in donations from meeting participants.
The Russian Supreme Court granted a lawsuit from the Justice Ministry and found Russian Jehovah's Witnesses to be an extremist organization and banned its activities in the territory of the country in April 2017.