On February 28, 2019, in Ulyanovsk, criminal cases were initiated against several civilians in connection with their faith. One of them, Khoren Khachikyan, was placed under house arrest. What is known about him?
Khoren was born in 1985 in Yerevan. He has an older sister and a younger brother. In his youth he was engaged in Greco-Roman wrestling. Due to the economic crisis, Khoren's family moved to Russia, first to Moscow, and then to Ulyanovsk. Khoren received a higher economic education, but in recent years he has been working in the construction industry. Today he enjoys playing volleyball with friends, running.
One day, Khoren picked up a Bible, and he was impressed by the consistency and consistency of the book. He realized that he had to get to know God better and live according to his commandments.
Khoren's relatives are shocked by the charges that have been brought against him, because they know him as a gentle and kind person.
In 2019, the FSB in Ulyanovsk opened a case against the Mysins and their co-religionists Zelensky, Tabakov, Ganin and Khachikyan. After the searches, they were sent to jail and later under house arrest. In addition, savings and cars worth 1.5 million rubles were seized from believers. The charge under Article 282.2 was limited to participation in “activities that included religious chanting, preaching, study of the article and prayer.” Believers were seriously worried about the repressions, Sergey Mysin, who spent 2 months behind bars, ended up in intensive care. The state prosecutor recommended that all six be sent to a general regime colony for terms ranging from 3 to 7 years, as well as confiscate the seized property and money. The court of first instance sentenced them to suspended imprisonment for terms of up to 3.5 years. The court of appeal increased the suspended sentence for Sergey Mysin by six months - up to 4 years - and left the sentences unchanged for the rest of the believers.