Seizure of Property

The process of confiscation of the worship building of Jehovah's Witnesses has started in Elista


On October 25, 2016, the Federal Bailiff Service for Kalmykia announced the confiscation of the worship building of Jehovah's Witnesses, located in the city center at 32 Chkalov Street. The modest building was erected by the hands of believers in 2000.

Earlier, the court liquidated the LRO of Jehovah's Witnesses in Elista on the basis of 2 warnings about the inadmissibility of extremist activity. Lawyers unsuccessfully tried to prove that the cases were falsified. So, on June 25, 2015, the CPE officers entered the courtyard, and police major Yurikov purposefully approached the fence, under which he "found" 2 books from the FSEM, clearly thrown over the fence from the outside. The community was fined 100,000 rubles and was given its first warning. The second incident occurred in December 2015. The believers recorded alarms and suspected that someone was trying to plant prohibited materials on them. Soon, more than 10 officers of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, including Major Yurikov, came with a search. In the space under the roof, which can only be accessed from the outside of the building, a package with publications from the FSEM planted by someone was found. As a result, a new fine of 100,000 rubles and a second warning, which became the basis for a lawsuit to liquidate the community and recognize it as "extremist".

The believers categorically deny all accusations of extremist activity, consider it a miscarriage of justice to recognize their literature as extremist, and appeal all such court decisions to higher authorities.