Case in Kingisepp

Case history

At the end of February 2023, seven searches took place in the towns of Kingisepp and Slantsy, Leningrad Region. The Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case on charges of extremism against Kirill Khabrik, Igor Zhmyrev, and other unidentified persons. Charges were also filed against Sergey Ryabokon, Andrey Morozov, and Yevgeniy Poveshchenko. The latter is under a recognizance agreement; the rest have been detained. At the end of March, searches again took place in Kingisepp. Eleven believers were interrogated. Five more people became defendants in the criminal case: Miroslav Sabodash, Igor Shevlyuga, Tatyana Stepanova, Aleksandr Vaganov, and Konstantsiya Vovk. They were placed in a temporary detention center but were quickly released except for Shevlyuga, who spent 26 days in a detention center. All five are prohibited from certain activities.

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    February 19, 2023
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    February 21, 2023 Detention center

    Andrey Morozov, Sergey Ryabokon and Kirill Khabrik are placed in pre-trial detention center No. 6 in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

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    March 13, 2023 Detention center

    It turns out that Igor Zhmyrev is in pre-trial detention center No. 1 "Kresty" in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. He was arrested on February 21.

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    March 22, 2023 Search

    Security forces conduct 6 new searches in Kingisepp, after which 11 believers are taken for interrogation. Igor Shevlyuga, Miroslav Sabodash, Konstance Vovk, Tatyana Stepanova and Aleksandr Vaganov are detained and placed in a temporary detention facility.

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    March 24, 2023 Prohibition of certain actions Detention center

    Vovk, Sabodash, Stepanova and Vaganov are banned from certain actions, and Shevlyuga is placed in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

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    March 27, 2023 Detention center

    Igor Zhmyrev is being held in a 6-bed cell. Due to his poor health, Igor needs regular medication. Other prisoners smoke constantly, because of this, the believer's allergy to tobacco smoke has worsened. Zhmyrev twice wrote applications asking to be transferred to a non-smoking cell, but he never received a response. Although Igor receives many letters, they are not given to him.

    Kirill Khabrik, once in jail, fell ill, but soon recovered. In general, his condition is normal. He is being held in a large cell for 60 people. The believer receives letters of support.

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    April 19, 2023 Prohibition of certain actions

    The court releases Igor Shevlyuga from the pre-trial detention center under a ban on certain actions. The believer spent 26 days in prison.

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    May 16, 2023 House arrest

    The court releases Kirill Khabrik from the pre-trial detention center and sends him under house arrest.

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    August 7, 2023 Detention center

    Andrey Morozov and Sergey Ryabokon are transferred to the Kresty pre-trial detention center (Kolpino) for psychological examination.

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    August 11, 2023 Court of Appeal Detention center

    An appeal overturns the court's decision to arrest Sergei Ryabokon and sends it for review to the Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg.

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    August 30, 2023 Detention center Letters Medical treatment within the Federal Penitentiary Service

    Igor Zhmyrev is kept in a 6-bed cell, he has his own bed, relations with his cellmates are normal. They are surprised by the number of letters Igor receives, especially from strangers. He has already received about 400 letters, and he also has a Bible.

    Igor has been diagnosed with thyroid and stomach diseases, needs a thorough examination and is worried about sudden weight loss (he has lost 15 kg since March 2023). He has repeatedly written applications to the therapist for the provision of special meals, but while the therapist is on vacation, special meals are not provided to him. He is rescued by parcels that his wife gives him twice a month, but this is still not enough.

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    August 31, 2023 Detention center Letters

    Andrey Morozov and Sergey Ryabokon do not experience significant health problems. They regularly receive parcels and letters. Andrey has already received about 500 letters, and Sergey has received about 1000. Both have the opportunity to read the Bible.

    Andrey worries about his wife, who is hard to bear separation from him. He did not receive a response to the application for a non-smoking cell.

    Sergey, after being transferred to another cell, rejoices in the opportunity to watch sunsets from the window. He tries to play sports: he runs, does push-ups. He says that he feels better that way.

    On August 9 and 30, Ryabokon and Morozov, respectively, underwent a psychological and psychiatric examination, previously appointed by the investigator.

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    January 19, 2024 House arrest Prohibition of certain actions

    The court releases Sergey Ryabokon from the pre-trial detention center, changing his measure of restraint to a ban on certain actions. Kirill Khabrik's house arrest is extended until February 18, 2024.

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    February 14, 2024 Prohibition of certain actions

    The Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg changes Kirill Khabrik's preventive measure to a ban on certain actions. The believer is forbidden to communicate with the defendants in the case, use telephone communications and the Internet, as well as attend public events.

    The court extends the ban on certain actions for Sergei Ryabokon, but lifts the ban on leaving the house from 21:00 to 07:00.