Updated: April 15, 2024
Name: Lukin Sergey Aleksandrovich
Date of Birth: October 10, 1971
Current status: Defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: Recognizance agreement


In January 2023, Sergey Lukin, a businessman from Biysk, after a search in his house, found himself involved in a criminal case on extremism only because of his faith in Jehovah God.

Sergey was born in October 1971 in Biysk (Altai Territory). He has two paternal sisters and one maternal sister. The parents have been divorced for over 40 years. At the age of 8, the boy moved with his mother to the Far East, and later to Dneprodzerzhinsk (now Kamenskoye, Ukraine). In 1989, after graduating from school, the young man returned to Biysk to his father.

As a child, Sergey was fond of sports—he was engaged in basketball, athletics and freestyle wrestling. He received a higher technical and economic education, and also has the status of an arbitration manager. Sergey was engaged in business, managed manufacturing, trade and construction enterprises. Now he owns a fish nursery, where he grows valuable species of fish.

In 1991, Sergey married his classmate Yelena. The couple raised a son and a daughter, they already have a granddaughter.

Sergey began to study the Bible in order to find contradictions in it, but in the end, 5 years later, he was finally convinced that this book was consistent and trustworthy. In 2010, he embarked on the Christian path. His wife and children do not share his beliefs, but they love and respect Sergey.

The search and criminal prosecution came as a shock to the Lukin family, but knowing their husband and father, they are convinced that the accusations of extremism are unreasonable. Relatives fully support Sergey.

Case History

In December 2022, the Investigative Committee in Biysk opened a criminal case against unidentified persons. Under this case, searches were carried out in the homes of local Jehovah’s Witnesses in January 2023. The suspect was a respected businessman, native of the city, Sergey Lukin. According to investigators, he took part in the “activities of an extremist organization” — this is how an ordinary meeting of believers to discuss the Bible was interpreted. The reason for the criminal prosecution was a statement from a man who was allegedly interested in the Bible. After the interrogation, Lukin was released on recognizance agreementt.