Updated: April 12, 2024
Name: Chechulin Sergey Vyacheslavovich
Date of Birth: September 15, 1968
Current status: Defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Current restrictions: Recognizance agreement

Biography

On the morning of October 17, 2022, security forces raided Sergey Chechulin's workplace and took him away for interrogation. He learned that a criminal case had been initiated against him and his wife, Yelena, for believing in Jehovah God.

Sergey was born in September 1968 in the village of Tymlat, Kamchatka Territory. He grew up in an orphanage. He has a younger sister. As a child, Sergey was fond of photography.

After school, the young man was trained as a ship mechanic at a vocational school. Then he worked as a loader in a warehouse, and he recently worked for a heating company as a level-five repairman.

When Sergey began to read the Bible, he was surprised by its accuracy, logic, and practical value. In 1995 he was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Sergey is married to Yelena, who works as a nurse. She shares her husband's religious views. In 2002 the couple had a son, who now has his own family.

Sergey has lived in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky all his life. He loves to go hiking. He has been on several hiking tours in Crimea and Arkhyz.

The criminal prosecution shocked Sergey's friends and coworkers, since many know him as a respectable worker and citizen. He said: “At first I felt insecure and restless, and I did not sleep well, but now I am strengthened by the help of Jehovah and fellow believers.”

Case History

Spouses Sergey and Yelena Chechulin became defendants in another criminal case against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kamchatka. In September 2022, the Investigative Committee suspected them of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. A month later, their home was searched, and the spouses were placed under recognizance agreement. In December 2023, their case was submitted to the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky City Court. Four months later, the prosecutor requested a sentence of 6 years in prison for the spouses.