Updated: April 16, 2024
Name: Moiseyenko Vladimir Pavlovich
Date of Birth: October 7, 1970
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 398 day in a pre-trial detention, 238 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 6 years of imprisonment with serving in a penal colony of general regime, with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in the work of public and religious organizations for a period of 2 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 3 in Ulyanovsk Region
Address for correspondence: Moiseyenko Vladimir Pavlovich, born 1970, IK No. 3 in Ulyanovsk Region, ul. Osipenko, 22, g. Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk Region, Russia, 433510

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Friends speak of Vladimir Moiseyenko as of a kind, attentive, deeply religious person, always ready to help. Nevertheless, he had to face persecution for his beliefs twice: in 2011 (later the conviction was appealed to the European Court of Human Rights) and in 2021. Does Vladimir's life story confirm his "extremist" inclinations revealed by the court?

Vladimir Moiseyenko was born in October 1970 in Taganrog, Rostov region. He was the only child in the family. His parents are no longer alive. In his youth, Vladimir was seriously involved in football, participated in competitions. As he grew older, he fell in love with playing billiards.

After school, Vladimir studied at a vocational school as an adjuster of automatic lines. In subsequent years, he worked as a machine operator, welder, site foreman, and also worked in the construction industry. Colleagues describe him as a responsible, hardworking, restrained and reliable person.

Vladimir became a Jehovah's Witness in 2009. Prior to this, he had been in search of the truth for a long time, and when he began to study the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses, he was impressed by the power and wisdom of God with which he exercised his authority. Vladimir was also attracted by the love that Jehovah's Witnesses showed him, as well as their worthy behavior.

Vladimir has a daughter and a granddaughter. Friends and family are shocked that this peaceful, kind and decent man was sent to jail only because of his faith in God.

Case History

Alexander Skvortsov is one of those convicted in the high-profile “Case of 16”. Shortly after the believer had served his sentence in full, the security forces searched his house. Six months later, in December 2021, searches were carried out at 30 residents of Taganrog. Aleksandr was taken away for interrogation and arrested. In March 2022, Valeriy Tibiy also became a defendant in a criminal case. He was sent to jail despite his serious illness. The third defendant in the case, Vladimir Moiseyenko, ended up in jail in July of the same year. Investigators accused all three of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. The case went to court in November 2022. During the hearings, it turned out that the FSB had been monitoring them since 2016, and the embedded agent recorded conversations about the Bible with believers. In June 2023, Skvortsov and Moiseyenko were sentenced to 7 and 6 years in prison, respectively, and Tibiy was sentenced to 6 years suspended sentence. The appellate court, and later the cassation court, upheld this decision.