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Polyakov Sergey
Сергей Поляков

Polyakov Sergey Valeryevich
Поляков, Сергей Валерьевич
Current status:
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1), 282.3 (1)
Time spent in prison:
154 days in Detention Centre No. 1 for the Omsk Region, 91 days under house arrest
Current restrictions:
Recognizance agreement


Sergey Polyakov was born in 1972 in the Murmansk Region. From childhood Sergey has had an inquisitive, versatile mind, and was fond of reading. After graduating he studied engineering, specialising in radiophysics. He is fluent in English.

In early 2000, Sergey met Anastasiya, who became his trusted life companion. They have travelled extensively; they have common interests, and both of them have to some extent mastered Serbian, Kazakh and Chinese as well as sign language.

Their life turned into a nightmare on 4 July 2018. They were still asleep, when early in the morning an assault detachment broke down the door of their flat. Masked men severely beat Sergey. Thereafter the couple was arrested and sent to a detention centre, accused of engaging in extremist activity because of professing the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The many friends of Sergey and Anastasiya were shocked by what happened. The couple has nothing to do with extremism.

Updated 17 January 2020