DZHANKOY (QHA) -

Crimean court drove the Chairman of the "Jehovah's Witnesses" religious community in Dzhankoy Vitaly Arsenuk to a heart attack, a journalist Anton Naumluk reported in Facebook.

According to the journalist, on June 27 the first hearing on Vitaly Arsenuk case who is accused of illegal missionary activity on part 4 of Article 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, was held under the chairmanship of Judge Alkhaz Tulparov.

“Arsenuk had chaired the local Committee of "Jehovah's Witnesses" until the organization was banned in Russia. Along with other believers he conducted worships, prayed, sang, read and discussed the Bible. In May, he was summoned to the prosecutor's office several times. On June 27, the first court session was held and it was postponed to the next month. The same night Arsenuk died of a massive heart attack. He was 67 years old, he had suffered persecution in Soviet times and could not stand it now," Naumluk wrote.

The journalist noted that court decisions on such precedents had already been taken in Yalta and Simferopol, where the case had been terminated "because of the absence of an offense event". And the third trial on the case of Jehovah's Witnesses was held in Dzhankoy.

Earlier, on April 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia found the Jehovah's Witnesses religious denomination extremist and banned it in the country.

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