Updated: May 28, 2024
Name: Fedin Evgeny Anatolyevich
Date of Birth: February 7, 1977
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, 53 day in a pre-trial detention
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 4 years

Biography

On February 15, 2019, one of the most massive actions of intimidation of believers at that time took place in Surgut. Security forces broke into the homes of local residents throughout the city, some were tortured, and criminal cases were initiated against 19 people. One of them is Yevgeny Fedin. What is known about him?

Yevgeny was born in 1977 in Chelyabinsk in a family of ordinary workers. He has an older sister. As a child, he was an active child, actively fond of sports and martial arts. He received the title of candidate master of sports in boxing, participated in competitions. By profession, he is a technician-technologist of welding production.

In the late 1990s, Eugene became interested in the teachings of the Bible. He was encouraged by the fact that God never wanted the world to be filled with cruelty and violence. By that time, there were many meaningless conflicts in his life, and this weighed on him. As a result, he revised his life principles, and today he is a meek, peace-loving person. He loves nature and documentaries about animal life. Of the active sports in his life, only swimming remained, with the help of which he keeps himself in shape.

In 2012, Eugene married Natalia, this is his second marriage. Olesya's first wife had died three years earlier from a transient illness. Natalia is a specialist in the field of information technology. Together they love to cook dishes from different nations of the world, go to the swimming pool.

Yevgeniy's relatives worry about him and try to help, although they do not share his religious beliefs.

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.