FSB organizes round-up against supporters of Jehovah's Witnesses cult

FSB organizes round-up against supporters of Jehovah's Witnesses cult
Leader of the Crimean Jehovah's Witnesses Sergey Filatov Photo: Anton Naumlyuk, Facebook

There were no detentions, searches were carried out as part of the investigation of a criminal case.

In the Crimean town of Dzhankoy, the FSB officers searched 30 addresses of suspects in the Jehovah's Witnesses sect. Several people were interrogated, but no one was detained. The events were held within the framework of the investigation of a criminal case the details of which the security department refused to disclose, Kommersant reports.

The searches were conducted on the evening of November 15. According to Radio Svoboda, the FSB detained the leader of the Jehovah's Witnesses Sivash sect, Sergey Filatov, and the cult members were suspected of having connections with the Ukrainian special services, as if they received instructions from the organization’s main cell in Kharkov. At that, journalist Anton Naumlyuk indicates that the administrative center of the cult is located in Bryukhovichi, the Lviv Region.

In the spring of 2017, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the activities of Jehovah's Witnesses as extremist and banned the cult in Russia. The sect was supported by the mother of Vladislav Roslyakov, who carried out a shooting at the Kerch Polytechnic College and set off a bomb in the canteen of the educational institution. As a result, 21 people were killed, about 50 were injured.

Tags: FSB Crimea
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