Judicial statistics on cases of “illegal” missionary work in the Russian Federation in the first half of 2022 have been published.
On October 14, 2022, the Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation published statistical data on the application of Art. 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (violation of legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and religious associations) in the first half of 2022, the Christian Megaportal inVictory reports with reference to the SOVA center.
According to the department, in the first six months of 2022, Russian courts considered 159 cases under this article, which is slightly more than in the same period in 2021 (153 cases).
94 persons were punished under this article, including 43 individuals, 50 legal entities and one official (in 2021 – 92, 56, 33 and three, respectively).
Most often, as before, fines were imposed as a punishment: in 82 cases, and in 12, those prosecuted under this article received written warnings (in 2021 – 89 and nine, respectively). In seven cases, confiscation was chosen as an additional punishment, in one case administrative expulsion from the country.
The total amount of fines under the decrees that have entered into force has increased significantly compared to the same period in 2021 (788,000 rubles) and amounted to 1,732,000 rubles.