This person is also involved in another criminal case as well:
Case of Polevodov and Kim in Khabarovsk
Updated: June 20, 2024
Name: Field breeders Nikolay Yuryevich
Date of Birth: February 10, 1970
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 63 day in a pre-trial detention, 200 day Under house arrest


On November 10, in Khabarovsk, riot police broke into a friendly party at a local café and arrested several local residents, including Nikolai Polevodov. A case was opened against them under Article 282.2 (extremism), and Nikolay ended up in a pre-trial detention center. What is known about him?

Nikolay Polevodov was born in 1970 into a non-religious family. As a child, he loved to read, especially history books. After graduating from school, he was educated as an electrician and worked in his profession for a long time. He considered himself a convinced atheist, but was keenly interested in questions of life. One day he learned from a school friend that there was irrefutable evidence for the existence of God and the reliability of the Bible. Thoughtful reading of this book prompted him to reconsider his life, give up bad habits and devote his life to serving God. This happened in 1995. Then he married Tatiana, who worked as a teacher, and they had a son.

Nikolay and Tatiana love to sing with a guitar, play sports in the open air, travel. Nicholas is known as a kind and sympathetic person, always ready to help in word and deed. His arrest was a real shock not only for his family, but also for friends and work colleagues who do not share his Christian beliefs. They cannot understand what extremist he has committed.

Case History

Khabarovsk civilians Nikolay Polevodov, Stanislav Kim, spouses Vitaliy and Tatyana Zhuk, Svetlana Sedova and Maya Karpushkina were under investigation after a riot police unit broke into a friendly party in a café in November 2018. Three men were sent to a pre-trial detention center, and later under house arrest. As a result, the Investigative Committee charged six of Jehovah’s Witnesses: the men with organizing the activities of an extremist organization, and the women with participating in it. The only reason for the charge was believing in Jehovah God and discussing the Bible with friends. 14 months of trials and 20 hearings in the court of first instance revealed the groundlessness of the accusation, and the case was returned to the prosecutor’s office. In December 2021, it went to court again. The defense noted the biased attitude of Judge Roman Chiskovskiy. The prosecutor requested 9 years in prison for three men and 5 years of suspended sentence for three women.