Anton Kuzhelkov's convictions prompted him to exercise his right to alternative civilian service in 2011. He passed it in the veterans' home and was there in good standing. However, because of his Christian views, the young man became accused of organizing extremist activities and ended up in a pre-trial detention center.
Anton was born in April 1993 in the Karelian town of Sortavala on the picturesque coast of Ladoga. He has two younger brothers. The boys were brought up in a very religious family. As a child, Anton liked fishing and riding a snowboard.
The young man followed in his father's footsteps and worked for some time in the construction industry. He also acquired the skills of a plumber and gas boiler maintenance specialist. In his free time, he likes to draw, make bow ties from wood, take photographs and model out of paper.
In 2015, Anton married Alyona, a girl who shares his Christian views. Alyona is a professional violinist. The couple love to play board games, travel, go hiking.
Alyona really hopes that soon peace and tranquility will return to their home. They worry about Anton and his family, including those who do not share the Kuzhelkovs' religious beliefs. They are shocked by the unfair treatment of a respectable young man.