Updated: March 2, 2024
Name: Klimov Sergey Gennadyevich
Date of Birth: March 26, 1970
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility, 625 day in a pre-trial detention, 1253 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 6 years of imprisonment with serving in a penal colony of general regime, with deprivation of the right to engage in educational activities in all types of educational institutions and activities related to the placement of appeals and other materials in public information and telecommunication networks, including the Internet, for a period of 5 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year


Sergey Klimov is a peaceful man who was accused of extremism only because of his beliefs. He ended up behind bars in June 2018 after a search. Sergey was released only 5 years later, having fully served his sentence for his faith.

Sergey was born in 1970 in the village of Matyshevo (Volgograd region). He has an elder sister, Svetlana. Their father died when Sergey was 11. As a child, the boy was fond of photography, later received the profession of a crane operator and an auto mechanic. He was an individual entrepreneur. He studies English, loves to sing, to be in nature.

In the mid-1990s, Sergey became interested in Bible teachings. His interest in the spiritual influenced his mother, sister, and wife, Julia, whom he married in 1989. In the same year, the couple had a daughter, whom they raised using Christian commandments.

Sergey's family was shocked to learn about the criminal case initiated against him. Relatives are very happy that the believer was released.

Case history

Sergey Klimov, a native of the Volgograd region, ended up in a pre-trial detention center after a series of raids on believers in the city of Tomsk. Before detaining Sergey, the special services followed him and his acquaintances for about a year and sent informants to him with recording equipment. Such diligence was justified by law enforcement officers in order to combat a “serious crime,” which turned out to be Sergey’s Christian lifestyle and his conversations about the Bible with other people. In November 2019, the court sentenced Sergey to six years in prison. The verdict was upheld by the regional court in February 2020 and by the court of cassation in January 2022. The believer served his sentence in Astrakhan Penal Colony No. 8. In July 2023, Sergey was released from the colony. He is prohibited from engaging in educational activities and from making publications on the Internet for five years; other restrictions on his freedom will also be in effect for one year.