2020-11-26 16:06:00

Jehovah's Witnesses Detained in Russia charged with setting up extremist organization, Investigative Committee requests their arrest - court

Moscow, November 26, Interfax - Moscow's Presnensky Court will on Thursday consider the investigators' request to place in custody four detained members of the Jehovah's Witnesses Administrative Center in Russia, an organization recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation.

"The court has received the motions from the investigator requesting incarceration until January 23, 2021 as a measure of restraint for Vitaly Komarov, Yury Chernyshyov, Sergey Shatalov, and Ivan Chaikovsky," court spokesperson Lela Kokaya told Interfax.

The detainees have been charged with 'organizing the activity of a civil or religious association, dissolved or banned by court due to the organization pursuing an extremist activity'.

If found guilty, each charged defendant faces either a fine of 400,000 to 800,000 rubles or a jail sentence of six to ten years, with a ban on taking certain official positions.

The Moscow department of the Russian Investigative Committee earlier said that several leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses Administrative Center in Russia had been detained.