Updated: June 20, 2024
Name: Korotun Yevgeniy Nikolayevich
Date of Birth: April 13, 1970
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility, 616 day in a pre-trial detention, 54 day Under house arrest, 767 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 7 years, with serving the sentence in a correctional colony of general regime; deprivation of the right to engage in pedagogical 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 freedom for a period of 1 year
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 13 in Sverdlovsk Region
Address for correspondence: Korotun Yevgeny Nikolayevich, born 1970, IK No. 13 in Sverdlovsk Region, ul. Kulibina, 61, g. Nizhny Tagil, Sverdlovsk Region, Russia, 622058.

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In the summer of 2020, Yevgeniy Korotun, the father of a minor child, was charged with extremism and taken into custody. Relatives and friends of the believer wonder how this law-abiding and peaceful citizen found himself under the yoke of criminal prosecution.

Yevgeniy was born in April 1970 into a family of workers at the Siberian Chemical Plant in Seversk. He has a younger sister, Oksana, a teacher by profession. Yevgeniy studied at an art school, from the age of 12 he was fond of photography, read a lot. After receiving secondary education, he got a job as an equipment operator at the plant and worked there for 15 years. Later, the man was engaged in the manufacture of furniture, coating walls with decorative plaster, and in recent years he worked as a plumber. He retired in April 2020.

Eugene scrupulously studied the Bible for 10 years. He became convinced that this was a book from God, and in 2008 he embarked on the Christian path of life. Evgenia, the wife of a persecuted for faith, shares not only his religious beliefs, but also her husband's many hobbies: cycling, ice skating, family outdoor recreation, reading and drawing. She is a chemist-technologist by profession, as a child she studied in circus and theater studios, graduated from art school. The couple have a son, Alexander, who is fond of music, dancing, sports and reading. Yevgeniy also has an adult daughter from his first marriage.

Case History

In July 2020, in Seversk, officers of the Investigative Committee and the FSB raided Yevgeniy Korotun’s apartment. During a long search, Yevgeniy’s wife and their nine-year-old son were kept in the stairway. A day earlier, a criminal case was initiated against the believer. Yevgeniy spent two days in a temporary detention center and 54 days under house arrest, after which he was sent to a pre-trial detention center. He was accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization because he held peaceful worship services. The basis for the accusation was hidden audio and video recordings made by Kira Klisheva and Yelena Studenova, an officer of the Russian National Guard. Both women feigned an interest in the Bible. At the end of March 2021, the case went to the city court. In January 2022, the court sentenced the believer to seven years in prison. The appellate and cassation courts upheld this decision. The believer is serving his sentence in a penal colony in Nizhny Tagil.