Viktor Stashevskiy

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Viktor Stashevskiy Can Become the First Jehovah's Witness to Be Sent from Penal Colony to Prison for Fictitious Violations


On May 2, 2024, the judge of the Apsheronskiy District Court of the Krasnodar Territory ruled to satisfy the colony's submission and transfer Viktor Stashevskiy from the colony to prison for 3 years.

According to the law, those who are convicted of especially dangerous crimes, such as terrorism, hostage-taking, massacres, etc. should be sent prisons. Conditions in prisons are much more difficult than in colonies: prisoners are in cramped, locked cells, often solitary confinement. If convicts in colonies live in barracks and move freely around the territory, then possibility to walk in prison is strictly limited - for example, walks take place under escort in a small courtyard, over which a grate or barbed wire is fixed. Also, in prison, convicts cannot work and study any specialty.

Stashevskiy has already been serving his sentence for his faith for the third year. He is being held in correctional colony No. 9 in the Krasnodar Territory, located in the city of Khadyzhensk. According to fabricated penalties, the believer was found to be a malicious violator of the order of serving his sentence, and he was also charged with numerous other violations. However, he did not even know about most of them. In the colony, he was kept in strict conditions and repeatedly imprisoned in a cell-type room, a kind of "internal prison".

The court's decision to transfer Stashevskiy to another correctional institution has not yet entered into force. He continues to be in the colony and intends to appeal against the illegal transfer.

Case of Stashevskiy in Sevastopol

Case History
In May 2019, an FSB investigator opened a criminal case against Viktor Stashevskiy for organizing the activities of an extremist organization. He was accused of “propagating the ideas of Jehovah’s Witnesses, holding meetings, and carrying out religious performances.” The case involved the testimony of a secret witness. After 8 months of trials, the hearings began anew in connection with the resignation of the judge. In March 2021, the court sentenced Stashevskiy to 6.5 years in a general regime colony. The appellate court upheld the verdict. Since September 2021, the believer has been in IK-9 of the Krasnodar Territory. There, Stashevskiy was accused of malicious violation of the order due to numerous penalties, most of which he did not even know about. In May 2024, the court ruled to change the type of correctional institution for a believer to a prison for a period of 3 years.

Persons in case

Criminal case

Suspected of:
According to the investigation he continued the activities and propagandized Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ideas, conducted meetings and carried out religious speeches
Court case number:
May 31, 2019
Current case stage:
the verdict entered into force
Investigation Office of Russian Federal Security Office for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (1)
Court case number:
1-23/2021 (1-165/2020)
Гагаринский районный суд г. Севастополя
Павел Крылло
Case History