Mikhail Popov was arrested for his faith together with his wife, Yelena, on 30 July 2018 in the city of Vilyuchinsk (Kamchatka Territory) and spent several days in a detention centre. What is known about him?
Mikhail was born in Leningrad in 1962, but during his childhood he lived in Kamchatka for many years because of his father’s work. An entrepreneur, he owned a number of small firms. Since childhood he has enjoyed music; he graduated from music school and created his own music group. He has been married since 1985 and has a son and a daughter
Mikhail first learned about the teachings of the Bible in the early 1990s, and they touched his heart. The Bible gave reasonable answers to troubling questions, giving meaning to his life. Mikhail and Yelena decided to build their family life on Bible principles, and today they are a friendly, close-knit family.
Although not all of Mikhail’s relatives share his Christian beliefs, they were all pained by the events of the summer of 2018, when Mikhail and Yelena were imprisoned on false charges. Neither one of them has anything to do with extremism and violence.