Updated: June 12, 2024
Name: Shatalov Sergey Grigoriyevich
Date of Birth: September 23, 1969
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 376 day in a pre-trial detention, 897 day Under house arrest, 63 day in prison
Current restrictions: detention center
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 6 years 3 months with serving a sentence in a correctional colony of general regime, with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in the work of public organizations for a period of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year
Currently held in: Detention Center No. 4 in Moscow
Address for correspondence: Shatalov Sergey Grigoriyevich, born 1969, SIZO No. 4 «Medved» in Moscow, ul. Vilyuiskaya, 4, Moscow, Russia, 127081

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In November 2020, Sergey Shatalov, who was undergoing treatment in Moscow, was unexpectedly arrested and subsequently sentenced to a long prison term because of his faith.

Sergey was born in September 1969 in Stavropol. His father died when the boy was 10, and his mother raised him alone. In his youth he was fond of chess, played table tennis, volleyball, billiards.

Sergey studied at a nautical school, then served in the army. While serving in the Navy, he was injured and subsequently disabled, so he mastered a new specialty—a commodity expert. Sergey often had to change his occupation: he worked in the field of trade, as a stage machinist in a theater, a parquet operator, a supplier, a courier.

Sergey met his future wife Yelena immediately after the army. In 1995 they got married. Yelena has several professions, is fond of preparing wedding decoration.

The search, detention and house arrest radically changed the life of the spouses. Sergey had to interrupt the necessary treatment. He and his wife had to live separately for some time, as Yelena was a witness in a criminal case against her husband. Due to being in a pre-trial detention center after the verdict, Sergey could not say goodbye to his mother, who died in early 2024.

Relatives of Sergey and Yelena are outraged and confused, because they know the couple only from the good side. They are sure that the accusations of extremism are groundless.

Case History

In November 2020, a large special operation took place in Moscow—22 searches in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Vardan Zakaryan was hospitalized due to injuries inflicted by the law enforcement officers. He, Vitaliy Komarov, Yuriy Chernyshev, Ivan Сhaikovskiy and Sergey Shatalov were placed in the temporary detention facility at 38 Petrovka Street. Four of the believers were accused of organizing the activity of an extremist organization, and Zakaryan was accused of involving others in it. It is noteworthy that in 2010, Сhaikovskiy obtained compensation through the ECHR for the violation of his rights due to the illegal liquidation of the Moscow community of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In the winter of 2022, the case went to court. The charges were based on the testimony of the FSB agent “Makarov”, who feigned interest in the Bible. In March 2023, the court sentenced Сhaikovskiy, Komarov, Chernyshev and Shatalov to 6 years and 3 months in a penal colony; Zakaryan was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in a penal colony. The court of appeal upheld this decision in April 2024.