Updated: July 17, 2024
Name: Fomin Vladimir Gennadiyevich
Date of Birth: April 23, 1979
Current status: accused
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1.1), 282.2 (2)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 90 day in a pre-trial detention
Current restrictions: detention center
Currently held in: Detention Center No.1 for Karachayevo-Circassian Republic
Address for correspondence: Fomin Vladimir Gennadiyevich, born 1979, SIZO No.1 for Karachayevo-Circassian Republic, Ul. Pervomayskaya, 1, Cherkessk, Karachayevo-Circassian Republic, 369000

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A believer with a group II disability survived the search and ended up in a pre-trial detention center. During the court hearing on the election of a measure of restraint, Vladimir Fomin lost consciousness. The ambulance staff was able to stabilize his condition, and the court decided to send him to a pre-trial detention center.

Vladimir was born on April 23, 1979 in the village of Kamenki, Arkhangelsk Region. He has two younger brothers. Their father was a military officer in the Northern Navy, and their mother served on the same ship as a flight attendant, where they met.

From a young age, Vladimir was fond of science and wrote a science fiction novel when he was in first grade. After school, he graduated from courses in the repair and maintenance of elevators and worked for a long time in his specialty.

Vladimir reflected on physical laws and came to the conclusion that people only discovered them, but someone created them. He wanted to know more about it. Vladimir read the biblical book of Revelation, and he was especially interested in the prophecies written there. In 2000, he embarked on the Christian path.

At the age of twenty, Vladimir was seriously injured: he was beaten because of his religious beliefs. Doctors assigned the believer group II disability. He was forbidden to work in his profession, and before the search he worked as a cleaner.

Vladimir moved a lot. With his parents, he lived in the south of Russia, and then in the Leningrad, Tula and Sverdlovsk regions, as well as in Kalmykia. Recently, he has been living in Karachay-Cherkessia, where the climate is best for his health.

Vladimir met his future wife Anna in 2013, at the same time they got married. Anna's interest in the spiritual arose in childhood. She was worried about the question: why does no one keep the commandments from the Bible? From a friend, Anna learned about the name of God, began to study the Bible and in 2005 decided to take the Christian path.

Anna works in the field of maintaining cleanliness and order. In his spare time, she likes to do needlework, listen to music, write poetry and cook. Vladimir likes to learn about space. He is also interested in new developments in the field of electronic technology. Together, the couple love hiking.

Vladimir's relatives, who are not Jehovah's Witnesses, are outraged by the unfair criminal prosecution and the fact that a decent and law-abiding person with serious health problems was sent to jail.

Case History

In February 2024, the home of Vladimir Fomin, who has a disability, was searched. A criminal case was initiated against him for participating in the activity of an extremist association and involving others in it. A month later, the court took the believer into custody despite the state of his health. The charges were based on Fomin’s conversations about the Bible, which the investigation deemed to be involving others in the activity of an extremist organization.