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FSB searches Jehovah's Witnesses in Crimea

Head of the local regional group of the Witnesses “Syvash” Serhy Filatov was detained during the search
12:28, 16 November 2018

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The FSB of Russia came and searched Jehovah's Witnesses in annexed Crimea as journalist Anton Naumlyuk reported on Facebook.

“The officers of the FSB hold the large-scale operation in Crimea: the searches and detentions take place at a few dozens of addresses of the suspected in the participation at Jehovah's Witnesses religious organization in Dzhankoy. Head of the local regional group of the Witnesses “Syvash” Serhy Filatov was detained,” the message said.

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It is noted that the criminal proceeding is opened against Filatov and “all these people, possibly, connected somehow with the Ukrainian special services, at least, they were coordinated from Kharkiv center of Jehovah's Witnesses”. However, the Ukrainian administrative center of the Witnesses was situated and still can be found in Briukhovychi, Lviv region.

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On November 8, Russian law enforcers held the search at the house of Khalil Ablyamitov, which is located in the urban-type settlement of Azovske, Dzhankoy district of the Russian-occupied Crimea. After the search of at the apartment of the son of the house owner, Ablyalim Ablyamitov and his wife Aidzhan were taken to an unknown destination by the law enforcers.

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