Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Invaders sentenced Ihor Schmiedt to 6 years in prison

22 October 2021

On Friday, October 22, the so-called Gagarin District Court of the occupied Crimea passed a sentence to Ihor Shmiedt, who was accused of participating in the Jehovah's Witnesses religious organization banned in Russia. He was sentenced to 6 years in a general regime colony.

We remind that on October 1, 2020,  Russian security officials conducted searches in at least 9 dwellings of Crimeans in Sevastopol suspected of participating in the Jehovah's Witnesses religious organization banned in Russia. As a result, 4 people were detained. Ievhen Zhukov, Volodymyr Sakada and Volodymyr Maladyka were arrested until November 30, Ihor Shmiedt - until November 23. The detainees are charged under Part 1, Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (organization of the activities of an extremist organization).