Updated: July 17, 2024
Name: Salnikov Aleksandr Viktorovich
Date of Birth: April 17, 1961
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement


In April 2023, Aleksandr Salnikov and his family were among Jehovah's Witnesses who were searched. A criminal case was opened against the believer, and he was accused of extremism.

Aleksandr was born in April 1961 in Magnitogorsk. He has two elder sisters. Their parents are no longer alive. As a child, Aleksandr was fond of wood burning, collecting badges and stamps. During his school years, he went to the boxing section, and later was engaged in classical wrestling. From the 4th grade to his military service, he kept pigeons. He also always loved to read.

After graduating from school, Salnikov received the profession of an electric welder. After the army, he got a job at the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works as a cold metal carver, and then worked as a mechanic. Aleksandr has 40 years of professional experience, now he is retired.

While working at the plant, Aleksandr met Nelly, who was a quality control inspector in the same workshop. In 1985 they got married. The couple raised two children, the son already has his own family.

In 1999, the Salnikovs began to study the Bible. Aleksandr was particularly impressed by the accuracy of this book in scientific matters. A year later, the couple embarked on the Christian path of life. Their adult children share their life values.

Persecution for their faith had a negative impact on the health of the Salnikovs. Aleksandr and his daughter's chronic diseases worsened, and therefore required treatment.

Case History

Early in the morning of April 20, 2023, several Magnitogorsk FSB officers raided Aleksandr Salnikov’s home. Aleksandr, his wife and daughter were interrogated. According to the court’s decision, similar events were held on the same morning at seven more addresses. After interrogation, Salnikov was placed in a temporary detention center for two days and then taken a recognizance agreement. The Investigative Committee suspects him of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. The case went to court in April 2024.