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TAGANROG, RUSSIA — Alexey Koptev’s transformation from a respected Soviet factory foreman to suspected extremist began in 1992, when two Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on his front door to ask whether he kept a Bible at home.

The visit sparked a fateful religious revival in Koptev and his wife, who converted two years later in a seaside baptism. In 2011, Koptev, 71, became the target of an undercover police sting because of his ties to the religious organization, which now shares the same legal status in this city as the Islamic State or the neo-Nazi National Socialist Society.

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