Updated: March 1, 2024
Name: Petrov Konstantin Nikolayevich
Date of Birth: August 9, 1986
Current status: Defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1), 282.3 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 63 day in a pre-trial detention, 236 day Under house arrest
Current restrictions: Recognizance agreement

Biography

A year after the wedding, Konstantin Petrov was unexpectedly arrested, spent 64 days in a pre-trial detention center, after which he was transferred to house arrest. For several years, he was forced to prove his right to freedom of religion in court.

Konstantin was born in 1986 in Nizhnevartovsk (Tyumen region). As a child, he was fond of playing the guitar and attended a theater club, with which he went on tour to other cities. For several years he was engaged in judo. When he was 8, his father died, and mother raised the children alone. Konstantin has an elder brother.

In high school, Konstantin mastered the profession of an electrician. He was also engaged in the repair of household appliances, electronics and the repair and decoration of apartments. He worked as a specialist in the repair of washing machines and other electrical equipment.

As a child, Konstantin wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ. At the age of 13, he read a book about him that impressed him. Later, he and his brother met Jehovah's Witnesses, who helped them better understand the Bible. For 3.5 years, Konstantin did alternative civilian service at a chemical plant in Kazan, since his peace-loving Christian convictions did not allow him to take up arms.

Konstantin lived in Kazan for some time, then moved to Bryansk, and since 2015 he has been living in Magadan. In 2017, he married Tatyana, a girl close to him in spirit. She worked as a seamstress and cleaned the premises. Tatyana was among the wives who sent a collective letter to the Council under the President of the Russian Federation.

The couple loves to spend time together—cooking and baking cakes, playing musical instruments and singing, being in nature and hiking with friends.

All relatives, including the mothers of Konstantin and Tatyana, are worried about criminal prosecution and do not understand how peaceful good people can be accused of a serious crime. For several years now, they have not had the opportunity to see each other in person due to restrictions related to the criminal case.

Case history

After a series of searches in Magadan in May 2018, Konstantin Petrov, Yevgeny Zyablov and Sergey Yerkin were placed in a pre-trial detention center. On the same day in Khabarovsk, Ivan Puyda was searched. He was arrested and then taken 1600 km away to the Magadan pre-trial detention center. The believers spent 5-8 months behind bars, and then almost as long under house arrest. In March 2019, the FSB conducted another series of searches. The number of defendants in the case reached 13, including 6 women, including the elderly. The investigator regarded the holding of peaceful worship services as organizing the activities of an extremist organization, participating in it and financing it. In almost 4 years of investigation, the case against 13 believers grew to 66 volumes. It went to court in March 2022. At the hearings, it became clear that the case was based on the testimony of a secret witness - an FSB informant who kept secret records of peaceful worship.