Photo: lawyer Artur Leontiev (in the foreground)

Criminal trial

The full text of the speech of the lawyer defending Klimov in Tomsk is published

Tomsk Region

On October 28, 2019, a lawyer spoke in the debate on the case of Sergey Klimov, which is being heard in the Oktyabrsky District Court of Tomsk. Earlier, the prosecutor requested 7 years in prison for the believer.

The debate will continue on 30 October. Read the chronicle of the process.

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Case of Klimov in Tomsk

Case history
Sergey Klimov, a native of the Volgograd region, ended up in a pre-trial detention center after a series of raids on believers in the city of Tomsk. Before detaining Sergey, the special services followed him and his acquaintances for about a year and sent informants to him with recording equipment. Such diligence was justified by law enforcement officers in order to combat a “serious crime,” which turned out to be Sergey’s Christian lifestyle and his conversations about the Bible with other people. In November 2019, the court sentenced Sergey to six years in prison. The verdict was upheld by the regional court in February 2020 and by the court of cassation in January 2022. The believer served his sentence in Astrakhan Penal Colony No. 8. In July 2023, Sergey was released from the colony. He is prohibited from engaging in educational activities and from making publications on the Internet for five years; other restrictions on his freedom will also be in effect for one year.

Persons in case

Criminal case

Tomsk Region
Suspected of:
according to the investigation, together with others he conducted religious services, which is interpreted as “organising the activity of an extremist organisation” (with reference to the decision of the Russian Supreme Court on the liquidation of all 396 registered organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses)
Court case number:
June 3, 2018
Current case stage:
The verdict entered into force
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Tomsk Region
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (1)
Court case number:
Court of First Instance:
Октябрьский районный суд г. Томска
Judge of the Court of First Instance:
Дмитрий Борисов
[i18n] Суд апелляционной инстанции:
Томский областной суд