Corney: since there is nothing criminal in conducting religious meetings, "group singing of biblical songs, improving skills of conducting missionary activity, and studying religious literature, the so-called "Holy scripture" (bible)...
Actually, in Russia, it is criminal for people to conduct a meeting of a group that has been declared illegal and "extremist".
Of course a person can argue that the JWs shouldn't have been banned, but that is a different discussion. This event in the OP happened because they are an illegal organization in Russia. That is the reality.
Darth: Hi Orphan row. About the money... WTBT$ move money like pros - it's freely admitted in their own literature.
Yes, I know. There are many documented accounts of how JWs move money illegally across the world.
However, concerning the incidence under discussion, there is no need at all for the authorities to have to prove money laundering.
It is simply a crime in itself to collect funds for the purpose of organizing meetings of an illegal organization inside of Russia. That's all. No charges of money laundering needed.