Vladivostok, October 8, Interfax - A court in Russia's Primorye Territory has eased pre-trial restrictions imposed on two members of the Jehovah's Witnesses religious organization (banned in Russia), who have already spent more than six months in pre-trial detention.
Having considered the appeals contesting the Pozharsky District Court's ruling, the territorial court ordered that the defendants, one aged 55 years and the other 64, be released from custody and placed under house arrest, according to the organization's website.
The court has confirmed this information to Interfax.
Both men were detained and arrested in March 2019, the court said. They face charges of arranging the activities of an extremist organization. According to investigators, the two recruited new members and took part in the organization's meetings.
The Russian Supreme Court upheld the Justice Ministry's lawsuit On April 20, 2017, designating the Jehovah's Witnesses of Russia as an extremist organization and banning its activities in Russia. The Supreme Court's appellate panel upheld this ruling on July 17, 2017.