"A criminal extremism case against Maksim Kalinin, a Jehovah's Witness elder in the Volga republic of Mari El, rests on FSB security police surveillance "using a hidden camera in his home without his knowledge", Forum 18 News Service has learnt. "This means that at the current moment all 160,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia cannot feel secure even in their own homes," Jehovah's Witness spokesperson Grigory Martynov remarked to Forum 18 on 20 August.
Kalinin's is one of the first three criminal cases to be opened against individual Jehovah's Witnesses in connection with alleged extremist activity. If convicted under Criminal Code Article 282.2 ("organisation of activity by an extremist organisation"), he could face up to three years in prison." (Source: EURASIA REVIEW)
Putin was secretly baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church during the time of Stalin's communist regime and is now allowing the resurgent Russian Orthodox clergy to suppress those whom it deems to be competitors for the hearts of Russians, like Jehovah's Witnesses. (Source: RUSSIA BLOG)