Kirov, October 9, Interfax - Investigative bodies have launched a criminal inquiry into the activity of the Jehovah's Witnesses religious organization, which is banned in Russia, in the Kirov Region.
Five local residents have arranged several meetings for members of that religious association in the city of Kirov and the Kirov Region since August 16, 2017 until late September, the regional branch of the Russian Investigative Committee said.
In addition, they have raised over 500,000 rubles from their followers, with some of these funds spent for the rent of premises, and some other funds transferred to the chiefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses Management Center in Russia.
Five adepts of the sect were detained and charged with the organization of the activity of a religious association, with respect to which the court ruled to shut it down, and this judgment has already taken legal force; and they were also charged with the funding of extremist activity.
A lot of extremist literature, two grenades and a mine were seized from the detainees in searches.
The Moscow Supreme Court recognized Russia's Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization and banned its activity in Russia under the Russian Justice Ministry's lawsuit on April 20, 2017.