Actions of Law Enforcement Officers

A Criminal Case Initiated in Cherkessk Against Vladimir Fomin who Has a Disability. He Was Placed in a Detention Center


On March 21, 2024, Vladimir Fomin, 44, one of Jehovah's Witnesses with a disability, was sent to a temporary detention facility in Cherkessk. A criminal case has been initiated against him under two articles for extremism. During the hearing regarding preventive measure, he lost consciousness and an ambulance had to be called.

A month earlier, on February 21, the home of Vladimir Fomin and his wife was searched. Electronic devices and data carriers were seized from them.

The believer is charged with participating in the activity of an extremist organization and involving other persons in it. The case was initiated by Aslan Shabanov, senior investigator of the Cherkessk Investigative Committee. On March 23, the Cherkessk City Court imposed pre-trial detention on Fomin.

The reason for initiating the criminal case against Fomin was an incident related to the case of Menchikova, a resident of Cherkessk who earlier had been convicted for her faith. The charges against Vladimir were based on conversations about the Bible with a woman, which the investigation deemed to be involving others in the activity of a banned organization.

The Case of Fomin in Cherkessk

Case History
In February 2024, the home of Vladimir Fomin, who has a disability, was searched. A criminal case was initiated against him for participating in the activity of an extremist association and involving others in it. A month later, the court took the believer into custody despite the state of his health. The charges were based on Fomin’s conversations about the Bible, which the investigation deemed to be involving others in the activity of an extremist organization.

Persons in case

Criminal case

Court case number:
March 21, 2024
Current case stage:
preliminary investigation
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (1.1), 282.2 (2)
Case History