Updated: June 24, 2024
Name: Boronos Vyacheslav Pavlovich
Date of Birth: June 1, 1966
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2), 282.3 (1)
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement
Sentence: punishment in the form of 6 years 6 months of imprisonment, with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in the work of public organizations for a period of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year, punishment in the form of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 3 years 8 months

Biography

On February 15, 2019, mass searches were carried out in the homes of believers in Surgut. This was followed by beatings and torture of at least 7 believers. Among others, torture was reported by Vyacheslav Boronos. What is known about him?

Vyacheslav was born in 1966 in Omsk. He has a younger brother. As a child, he was fond of tourism. After graduating from the construction college, he has been successfully working in the field of construction for 25 years, is a leading engineer of the building repair department.

In his youth, during hospitalization, Vyacheslav met a nurse named Victoria. Over time, young people fell in love with each other and got married, this happened in 1991. In 2000, the family moved from Omsk to Surgut in search of work.

Back in Omsk, Victoria became interested in the Bible, and Vyacheslav, seeing positive changes in her character and personality, joined her in studying the ancient book. He discovered the meaning of life, which he would not exchange for anything. Now it is a close-knit Christian family - the couple and their son love to travel with a tent, collect puzzles, go to the gym. Vyacheslav's wife and son try not to lose heart and support him in this difficult time.

Case History

In February 2019, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against 18 men and 1 woman from Surgut (among them was a man mistaken for a Jehovah’s Witness). Their homes were searched. During the interrogations, 7 believers were subjected to violence. Artur Severinchik was sent to a pre-trial detention center for 29 days, and Yevgeny Fedin and Sergey Loginov - for 56. Timofey Zhukov was illegally placed in a psychiatric hospital for 14 days. Believers complained about the use of torture to the Investigative Committee, the ECHR and the Commissioner for Human Rights, a press conference was held with the participation of human rights defenders, but none of the security forces was ever brought to justice. In October 2021, the case materials were submitted to the court. The prosecutor requested imprisonment for the defendants for a term of 3 years and 3 months to 8.5 years in prison, and for Loginov - 9.5 years, which was the most severe request for punishment for believing in Jehovah God in modern Russia.