Vladimir Kochnev was born in 1979 in Orenburg. His mother brought up three children on her own, of which Vladimir is the youngest. As a child he was fond of fishing and football. His older sister introduced him to the teachings of the Bible. When Vladimir was 14 years old he made a conscious religious choice. He gained the reputation of a contemplative, kind and peaceful man.
In his youth Vladimir qualified as a television and radio technician, later he worked in construction and metalworking. He has positive character references from his place of residence and work.
In early 2000 Vladimir met Galina, a kindred spirit. In 2003 they got married. This hospitable, gregarious and helpful couple has many friends. They are all distressed by Vladimir’s unexpected and unjust arrest. In 2018 Vladimir and Galina had their 15th wedding anniversary.