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Russia’s FSB carries out massive operation against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Crimea

November 16, 2018, 11:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to reports, the sect was managed from Kharkov

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MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has carried out dozens of searches against members of the religious organization Jehovah's Witnesses, which is outlawed in Russia, in Crimea’s city of Dzankoy, the TV channel Rossiya-24 reported on Friday.

The sect’s leader, Sergei Filatov, was detained overnight into November 16. Extremist literature and booklets describing ways to recruit people were found in his flat. A criminal case was launched against him under Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code ("Extremism"), the TV channel reported.

Jehovah’s Witnesses members in Dzhankoy are also suspected of collusion with Ukrainian intelligence services. According to the report, this sect was managed from Kharkov.

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