Updated: July 17, 2024
Name: Fedorov Sergey Valerianovich
Date of Birth: February 17, 1974
Current status: accused
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Current restrictions: detention center
Currently held in: Detention Center No. 2 in Republic of Karelia
Address for correspondence: Fedorov Sergey Valerianovich, born 1974, SIZO No. 2 in Republic of Karelia, ul. Leygubskaya, 1b, g. Segezha, Republic of Karelia, Russia, 186420

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In March 2024, FSB officers detained Sergey Fedorov in Tolyatti. To give explanations, he was taken 2,000 kilometers away, to Petrozavodsk. After 2 months, a criminal case was opened against the man for believing in God, accused of extremism, placed in a pre-trial detention center and included in the Rosfinmonitoring list.

Sergey was born in 1974 in Suzdal (Vladimir region) in a simple family: his father worked on a farm, and his mother worked as a nanny in a kindergarten. He has a younger brother. Their parents are now retired.

As a child, Sergey was engaged in wushu and sambo, in his student years he was fond of dancing. He graduated from the Agricultural Academy in Ivanovo, where he received the profession of a mechanical engineer. Then, at Suzdal college, Sergey taught descriptive geometry, engineering graphics and drawing for several months. Later, he quit his job and began to earn extra money as a watchman, waiter, and auxiliary worker.

When Sergey was studying at the institute, he became interested in the Bible and in 1995 decided to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses. In the late 1990s, instead of serving in the army, he applied for alternative civilian service.

In 2011, Sergey married Yevgenia, a pharmacist by profession. She grew up in a Christian family. The spouses love to travel, go to the forest, bathhouse, swimming pool, and fishing.

Sergey's parents are worried about the situation and worry that, perhaps, due to their age, they will not see their son again.

Case History

Sergey Fedorov and his wife first came to the attention of the security forces in the summer of 2019 when their home was searched. About five years later, the FSB raided them again: under the pretext of inspecting their home, they actually searched their apartment in Tolyatti, handcuffed Sergey, hit him on the head and planted banned literature. The believer was taken 2,000 kilometers away to Petrozavodsk to "give explanations." In June 2024, a criminal case was initiated against Fedorov for organizing the activity of an extremist organization. His home was searched for the third time, and he was placed in a pretrial detention center.