Updated: February 26, 2024
Name: Trofimov Aleksey Borisovich
Date of Birth: April 23, 1959
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 102 day in a pre-trial detention, 363 day Under house arrest, 279 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 6 years 4 months, with deprivation of the right to engage in organizational activities in public or religious associations, public or religious organizations for a term of 6 years 10 months, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year 4 months, with serving a sentence of imprisonment in a correctional colony of general regime
Currently held in: Penal Colony No.14 in Khabarovsk Territory
Address for correspondence: Trofimov Aleksey Borisovich, born 1959, IK No 14 in Khabarovsk Territory, sh. Mashinostroiteley, 10, g. Amursk, Khabarovsk Territory, Russia, 682643

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Biography

In November 2018, authorities conducted a series of searches at the homes of Jehovah's Witnesses in Spassk-Dalny. Aleksey Trofimov was detained. After several years of investigation and trial, the court sentenced him to 6.5 years in prison just because of his faith.

Alexey was born in 1959 in the working village of Mamakan (Irkutsk region). His parents' family had five children. They loved to walk and play sports, and on weekends they helped their parents in the country.

While still a student in Vladivostok, Alexei met Tamara, and soon the couple got married. After receiving his diploma, he worked for many years as a locksmith at various enterprises in the field of housing and communal services. Recently he worked as the head of the boiler house.

In the early 1990s, Aleksey discovered that the Bible makes people happy, helps them lead meaningful lives and show genuine love for their neighbors. So he made a decision that he would serve God.

In 2001, Alexey and Tamara moved to Spassk-Dalny, where his wife's elderly parents lived. This made it easier for them to take care of them. Today, Alexey and Tamara are loving parents of four children, as well as grandparents.

Case history

In the fall of 2018, searches were carried out in Spassk-Dalny at the homes of Dmitry Malevany, Alexei Trofimov, Olga Panyuta, Olga Opaleva and their fellow believers. The reason for the persecution of civilians was their faith in Jehovah God. The believers were accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization and involving others in it. The case is based on the testimony of secret witnesses “Sidorova” and “Ivanova”, who monitored the believers on instructions from the FSB. On the eve of the search, Olga Opaleva suffered a heart attack, and later, on the way to court, a stroke. The four believers spent a year under house arrest, and since November 2019 they have been under a recognizance agreement. In December 2019, the case went to court. In February 2023, the believers were sentenced: Dmitry Malevanoy was given 7 years in a penal colony, Alexey Trofimov  6.5 years in prison, Olga Panyuta - 4.5 years in prison, and Olga Opaleva - 5 years suspended. The appeal reduced each of these terms by two months, the cassation supported this decision.