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Konstantin Samsonov

Name:
Konstantin Valeriyevich Samsonov
Born:
1977
Current status:
accused
Time spent in prison:
361 days in Detention Centre No. 1 for the Stavropol Region
Detained since:
9 December 2018
Current restrictions:
Prohibition on certain actions

Biography

In December 2018, in the town of Neftekumsk (Stavropol Territory), three believers were arrested after mass searches in the apartments of citizens who, it was said, were Jehovah’s Witnesses. Among them was Konstantin Samsonov. What can be said about him?

Konstantin was born in 1977 in the town of Neftekumsk, one of three children. In childhood he was fond of chess, wood carving and computer equipment. Graduated from the University of Novocherkassk (Rostov Region) with a red diploma (means highest level), he is a leading systems engineer at the Neftekumsk central district hospital.

While still in the fourth grade of school at age 11, Konstantin met Svetlana, who later became his wife. Together they became interested in spiritual matters and made a personal study of the Bible. In 2001, the couple had a son, Vyacheslav.

Relatives and friends were shocked by the news of the arrest of Konstantin. His retired mother, not one of Jehovah's Witnesses, cannot readily understand how a person who studies the Bible and doesn’t take up arms can be an “extremist.” Konstantin's absence is felt considerably at work in a local hospital, since only he is qualified to perform certain types of work.

Updated 17 January 2020