Prisoner of Conscience Maksim Beltikov, Father of Three, Was Released From Penal Colony in KhadyzhenskKrasnodar Territory
On September 15, 2023, Maksim Beltikov was released from penal colony No. 9 in the Krasnodar Territory, having fully served his 2-year sentence for his faith in Jehovah God. He was greeted by his family and many friends.
The criminal case against Beltikov was initiated in June 2020 after the FSB raided the homes of believers in several villages in the Krasnodar Territory. The believer was taken into custody in the courtroom immediately after the verdict was announced in January 2022. He spent 8 months in a pre-trial detention center and one year in a correctional facility.
The believer served part of the sentence under strict detention regime. According to the lawyer, despite the difficulties, including gradually weakening eyesight, he did never complained. Among other things hundreds of letters of support helped him cope.