2019-02-28 14:27:00

Jehovah's Witnesses cell organizer, 4 adherents detained in Ulyanovsk Region

Ulyanovsk, February 28, Interfax - Security services have dismantled the activities of an Ulyanovsk Region unit of the Jehovah's Witnesses (banned in Russia).

The leader and active members of the Jehovah's Witnesses cell in Ulyanovsk held secret meetings and individual classes at which they studied extremist materials, promoted the idea of the organization's superiority over other religious movements and recruited new members to the group, the Russian Federal Security Service's (FSB) regional branch said on Thursday.

These people were simultaneously very well aware that this organization is outlawed, it said.

Two criminal cases have been opened on charges of "arranging and participating in the activities of an extremist organization." A restrictive measure for the suspects is pending, it said.

An informed source told Interfax that one organizer of the cell and four adherents have been detained.

The Russian Supreme Court upheld the Justice Ministry's lawsuit On April 20, 2017, designating Jehovah's Witnesses of Russia as an extremist organization and banning its activities in Russia.