In August 2020, a criminal case was opened in Kazan against a peaceful believer, Konstantin Sannikov, under an extremist article only because of his faith. Two days later, he was detained and sent to a pre-trial detention center. In February 2023, the court sentenced the believer to 6.5 years in a penal colony.
Konstantin was born in September 1970 in Kazan. As a child, he went in for swimming, then became interested in fencing. He liked to play chess.
After graduating from school, Konstantin entered the medical college, and then the Kazan State Medical Institute. After graduating from the institute, he was hired as a pathologist at the Children's Republican Clinical Hospital. He also worked as a neuropsychiatrist in the city narcological dispensary. In 2003, he was hired as a doctor and forensic expert of the forensic department at the Republican Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination, where he worked until his arrest.
For high performance in his work, Konstantin was awarded the badge of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, as well as a certificate of honor and gratitude from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan.
In 1992, Konstantin married Irina, with whom he studied at college. They had four children in the marriage. The family loves to spend time together: cooking, going out with friends and having picnics.
Konstantin knew that one of his father's hobbies was reading the Bible. That is why, when he had the opportunity to find out what this book was about, he gladly began to study it. After some time, he and his wife decided to live according to Christian principles.
The criminal prosecution of Konstantin affected both his physical and emotional state, as well as the condition of his wife and children, who suffered stress during the search. Konstantin's chronic diseases worsened. But despite the difficulties, the family tries to maintain a positive attitude.
Konstantin's relatives, as well as work colleagues who do not share his religious views, do not understand how this peaceful man could be condemned as an extremist just because he prays and reads the Bible.