Photo: Arkadya Akopyan


Advertisement: Appeal in the Case of Arkadya Akopyan in Kabardino-Balkaria


The Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria set March 1, 2019, to hear appeals against the verdict handed down to a 70-year-old Witness of Jehovah from the town of Prokhladny. On December 27, 2018, the district court found Arkadya Akopyan guilty under Part 1 of Art. 282 of the Criminal Code and sentenced him to 120 hours of compulsory work.

Three appeals were filed by Mr. Akopyan himself, as well as by his lawyers, with a request to cancel the sentence and calling for full acquittal. There is no real evidence of guilt on the part of Mr. Akopyan; therefore the sentence was appealed. In the past, all attempts to accuse individual Jehovah’s Witnesses under Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation were unsuccessful.

In addition, the submission of the prosecutor contained a request to cancel the sentence and discontinue the proceedings in connection with the recent changes in legislation (decriminalization of this criminal code article).

Address of the Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria: Nalchik (Kabardino-Balkaria), Pacheva srteet, 12.

Case of Akopyan in Prokhladny

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дело прекращено
11 June 2016 
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prior convictions were overturned and the case was closed by the appellate court
Inter-district Investigative Department of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria
Prokhladnenskiy District Court of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria
Oleg Anatolyevich Golovashko
Appellate Court:
Supreme Court of the Kabardino-Balkaria