Russia: Freedom of assembly and expression of Jehovah’s Witnesses curtailed

In Krymsk, police officers broke up a Jehovah’s Witnesses congress. Cossacks who arrived with them cut off the electricity to the stadium at which the event was being conducted, and then they pelted believers with stones.

It was reported on 21 July that in Krymsk, personnel of the police and Cossacks disrupted a three-day congress of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The event lasted from 10 to 12 July in the stadium in Krymsk. Participants included believers from Krymsk, Anapa, Gelendzhik, and Novorossiisk.

Members of the society described how “in the morning of the second day, 11 July, Witnesses who were arriving for a worship service saw around the stadium strangers who turned out to be law enforcement personnel and representatives of Cossackdom. The latter behaved extremely aggressively, demanding that the worship service cease.

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