Updated: April 16, 2024
Name: Brilkov Pavel Vasiliyevich
Date of Birth: April 16, 1958
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: Suspended sentence
Sentence: punishment in the form of 2 years 10 months of imprisonment, with deprivation of the right to participate in public or religious associations, public or religious organizations for a term of 2 years 8 months, punishment in the form of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period


Pensioner Pavel Brilkov, who was previously a witness in the case of Andrey Vlasov, was himself accused of extremism because of his beliefs in the spring of 2023.

Pavel was born in 1958 in the city of Prokopyevsk, grew up here and lives all his life. After graduating from school, he worked as a molder of reinforced concrete products. In 1991, due to an accident, Pavel received an industrial injury—a compression fracture of the spine. The man received a group III disability.

In 2001, Pavel met Vera, and later they got married. Together they run a household, garden. In his free time, Pavel likes to be in nature and go to the forest.

In 2019, Pavel began to study the Bible. He heard a lot about this book from his mother-in-law, whom he respected and loved. "When I found out what God's Kingdom would do for people and for me, I wanted to live according to Jehovah's standards," the believer recalls.

The criminal prosecution affected the health of Pavel and Vera. Relatives sympathize with them, being interested in what is happening.

Case History

Pavel Brilkov, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses from Prokopyevsk, faced persecution for his faith back in 2020, when he was brought in as a witness in the case of Andrey Vlasov. In the fall of 2021, the house of Brilkov and his wife was searched, then the believer was interrogated. In March 2023, the believer himself became a defendant in a criminal case. According to the investigator of the Investigative Committee, he is guilty of extremism, because he “explained the meaning of excerpts from the Holy Scriptures.” In May 2023, hearings began in the case of the believer, and in January 2024, the court sentenced him to two years and ten months of forced labor. The appeal changed the sentence to two years suspended.