Yaroslavl, October 9, Interfax - A couple from Kostroma received suspended prison terms after a court found them guilty of setting up a local cell of the Jehovah's Witnesses (JW), a religious organization banned in Russia, the Kostroma regional branch of the Russian Investigative Committee said on Friday.
The court established that in 2017-2018 the convicts held meetings of JW adherents and kept and distributed information material and literature listed as extremist by the federal authorities.
The cell organizers have been found guilty of running operations of a religious organization subject to a court order banning its extremist activities, and of membership of that religious organization.
The man was given a suspended eight-year prison term with a five-year probation period; the woman, a suspended seven-year prison term with a five-year probation period.
The conviction has not yet come into effect.