Photo: Vasyl Reznichenko

Criminal Investigation and Trial

Make sure that there are no obstacles to "serving a sentence of imprisonment." The Amur FSB nobly sent a 77-year-old believer for a medical examination

Amur Region

On October 31, 2019, V. Obukhov, investigator of the FSB of Russia in the Amur Region, sent a request to the Zeya Hospital for a medical examination of Vasily Reznichenko, accused for his faith under Article 282.2 (2) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

"Given the advanced age of the accused," the investigator writes to the chief physician, "there is a need to identify the presence (absence) of diseases that prevent the serving of a sentence of imprisonment."

The case against the 77-year-old believer was initiated on March 11, 2019. Since March 21, 2019, he has been under recognizance not to leave.

On top of that, Vasiliy Reznichenko was included in the List of active terrorists and extremists. On this basis, the bank blocked all his savings.

The elderly believer is not guilty of anything. The Amur FSB, in particular investigator Obukhov, receives funding from taxpayers' funds to persecute ordinary believers who do not pose any threat.

Civilians in the Amur Region have been prosecuted for more than a year simply because they believe in Jehovah God. In June 2018, it became known about the first searches in this region - in Blagoveshchensk. In March 2019, the same events took place in Zeya, and in November 2019 in Tynda.

Case of Reznichenko in Zeya

Case History
In March 2019, in Zeya, Amur Region, searches were carried out in the homes of believers with the seizure of electronic devices and personal records from them. Vasily Reznichenko, a former river captain, was prosecuted by FSB investigator V.S. Obukhov for participating in the activities of an extremist organization. Among the evidence of the believer’s guilt in the case file are hidden video recordings of worship services. Since March 21, 2019, Vasiliy Reznichenko has been under house arrest, and in November 2019 he was included in the List of Terrorists and Extremists. On this basis, the bank blocked all his personal savings. Also, at the request of the investigator, the believer was sent for a medical examination. On April 12, 2021, the prosecutor requested a 2-year suspended sentence for the 78-year-old believer with a probationary period of 8 months. In June 2021, Judge Oksana Brylyova convicted Vasily Reznichenko, imposing exactly the punishment requested by the prosecutor. On July 29, 2021, the Court of Appeal upheld the verdict.

Persons in case

Criminal case

Amur Region
Suspected of:
по версии следствия, «организовал собрания последователей... религиозной организации»
Court case number:
March 11, 2019
Current case stage:
the verdict entered into force
СО УФСБ России по Амурской области
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (2)
Court case number:
1-15/2021 (1-208/2020)
Зейский районный суд Амурской области
Брылева Оксана Петровна
Case History