Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, December 4, Interfax - A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses (banned in Russia) has been charged with extremism in Kamchatka, the territorial branch of the Investigative Committee said in a statement.
"The case was opened under Part 1, Article 282.2 of the Russian Criminal Code (organizing the activity of an extremist organization)," the branch said.
The defendant faces up to ten years in prison.
According to investigators, the 34-year-old resident of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky organized the activity of a local group of Jehovah's Witnesses. He met with other followers at least twice a week for a service based on the organization's ideology, distributed "extremist" books, and proselytized in the city.
The defendant's residence and the place where the group met were searched on Monday, and "evidence essential to the criminal inquiry was seized."
The case was opened on the basis of material supplied by regional branches of the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry.