Syktyvkar, January 31, Interfax - A criminal case has been opened against a 60-year-old man and a 43-year-old man and other unidentified individuals suspected of organizing and participating in the work of an extremist organization in Pechora, Komi Republic.
The 60-year-old man supported the extremist ideology of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization, which is banned in Russia, and continued its illegal activities in 2018 and 2019, the press service for the region's Investigative Committee said, citing the investigators. Specifically, among other things, he organized and conducted meetings between members of the organization in secrecy and coordinated its preaching activities. He was aware that there was a court ruling to close the organization.
"The 43-year-old suspect and other unidentified individuals took part in the activities of the said extremist organization. Both men have been detained. They have been charged, and an investigator has sent motions to court seeking their arrest," the press service said.
The workplaces and residences of the men and the other suspected Jehovah's Witnesses have been searched in connection with the criminal case. Twenty people have been questioned as witnesses.
The investigation continues.