Updated: July 23, 2024
Name: Kulyasov Vladimir Aleksandrovich
Date of Birth: April 17, 1974
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 514 day Under house arrest
Sentence: punishment in the form of 2 years of imprisonment, with restriction of liberty for a term of 8 months, punishment in the form of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 3 years


On July 15, 2018, as a result of mass raids on believers in Penza, several people, including Vladimir Kulyasov, were detained. He spent two days in a temporary detention center and was then placed under house arrest. What is really known about this man?

Vladimir Kulyasov was born in 1974 in the city of Insar (Mordovia). Since childhood, he loves technology and cars, which predetermined his professional choice - after graduating from SPTU, he became a car mechanic. Since 1994 he has been working as a driver. In the Penza Design and Technology Bureau of Valve Engineering, where Vladimir worked, he was recognized as the best employee of the year. Vladimir received a diploma, a prize and a medal, his photo was placed on the honor board.

In 2006 he got married. After living in Moscow for several years, the couple returned to Penza in 2010. His wife Snezhana interested Vladimir in the Holy Scriptures. He was amazed that everything predicted in this book was coming true. It so happened that the Bible was the first book that he read to the end. Spouses value the Bible very much and successfully use it to strengthen their family and raise a child. They are convinced that the absurd accusations of extremism completely contradict Vladimir's peace-loving life principles.

Despite this, on December 13, 2019, the judge of the Leninsky District Court of Penza, Roman Tanchenko, sentenced Vladimir Kulyasov to 2 years of suspended imprisonment. The believer intends to seek a review of the court's decision.

Case History

In July 2018, searches were carried out in Penza and criminal cases were initiated against 6 local Jehovah’s Witnesses. It turned out that since the fall of 2017, the believers had been under covert surveillance. Vladimir Alushkin spent six months in a pre-trial detention center. The UN Working Group officially recognized his arrest as arbitrary. In the summer of 2019, the case was submitted to the Leninsky District Court of Penza. During the hearings, it turned out that the protocols of the witnesses’ interrogations were partially falsified by the investigation, and one of the witnesses told the court that she had testified under pressure. In December 2019, Judge Roman Tanchenko sentenced Vladimir Alushkin to 6 years in prison, and Tatyana Alushkina, Galia Olkhova, Vladimir Kulyasov, Andrey Magliv and Denis Timoshin to 2 years suspended. In September 2020, the Penza Regional Court commuted the sentence of Vladimir Alushkin, replacing 6 years in prison with 4 years probation. For the rest, the court upheld the sentence - 2 years suspended. On December 9, 2021, the First Court of Cassation of General Jurisdiction upheld the verdict.