Updated: June 24, 2024
Name: Golik Dmitriy Mikhailovich
Date of Birth: March 26, 1987
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 64 day in a pre-trial detention, 1027 day in prison
Sentence: Sentence for a term of 6 years 2 months of imprisonment, with serving a sentence in a correctional colony of general regime, with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in the work of public organizations for a term of 4 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 2 in Amur Region
Address for correspondence: Golik, Dmitriy Mikhailovich, born 1987, IK No. 2 in Amur Region, ul. Tsentralnaya, s. Vozzhayevka, Belogorskiy rayon, Amur Region, Russia, 676811

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Biography

On July 20, 2018, in Blagoveshchensk, mass searches took place in the homes of civilians. On the same day, Dmitriy Golik was charged and a preventive measure was chosen in the form of a recognizance not to leave the place. Subsequently, it turned out that the operatives installed a listening device in the apartment where he lived with his wife, and for almost six months listened to the details of their personal life.

Dmitriy Golik was born in 1987 in the village of Tohoy (Buryatia). He is the only son in the family. His father was the liquidator of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, his mother worked as an accountant. Dmitriy was fond of playing the guitar and martial arts. He received his law degree, but worked in other fields, in particular as a translator from the Chinese language.

Dmitriy’s entire family began to take an interest in the Bible back in the 1990s. In early childhood, he gladly leafed through the children's Bible and prayed with the words of the prayer "Our Father". In his youth, due to his Christian beliefs, Dmitriy asked to replace military service with alternative civilian service in accordance with the law. His request was granted, and he worked as an orderly in a nursing home.

Dmitriy loves sports and tries to keep fit by playing football and training with weights. In 2012, he married Christine, a graphic designer by profession. This friendly family loves to travel, invite guests, and play board games. Together they study Chinese and English.

The criminal case against the believer was considered in court for more than a year. On June 30, 2021, Judge Tatyana Studilko sentenced Dmitriy to 7 years in prison in a general regime colony for songs and prayers to Jehovah God. Just a month after the verdict was passed, Dmitriy's wife, Kristina, was prosecuted as a defendant in a similar criminal case for her faith.

Case History

In October 2017, the FSB began covertly filming the private life of Dmitry Golik and his wife, as well as the peaceful worship services of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Blagoveshchensk. In June 2018, a criminal case was opened against Aleksey Berchuk, and a month later searches were carried out at 7 families of believers. Berchuk and Golik were charged with organizing an extremist community. In January 2019, Berchuk was detained at a Moscow airport and taken into custody. A measure of restraint in the form of a written undertaking not to leave was chosen for the believers. On February 6, 2020, the case was submitted to the Blagoveshchensk City Court. On June 30, 2021, judge Tatyana Studilko found the believers guilty and sentenced them to a record cruel punishment: 7 and 8 years in a general regime colony. On September 2, 2021, the Amur Regional Court reduced Dmitriy Golik’s prison term by 10 months. The verdict against Aleksey Berchuk was upheld. In February 2022, the Court of Cassation upheld the verdict.