Updated: May 17, 2024
Name: Shcherbina Aleksandr Anatoliyevich
Date of Birth: March 11, 1976
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Time spent in prison: 79 day in a pre-trial detention, 609 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 2 years with serving a sentence in a correctional colony of general regime with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year


Aleksandr Shcherbina from the Krasnodar Territory faced criminal prosecution in December 2020 because of his faith. Two searches and interrogations disrupted the usual way of life of the master of finishing works.

Aleksandr was born in March 1976. His father worked on a tractor, and his mother worked in a kindergarten. Both parents are no longer alive. As a child, Aleksandr played football, basketball and martial arts. After school, he learned to be a driver and a car mechanic. Then Aleksandr served for two years in the border troops in the North Caucasus. In addition to Kholmskaya and Abinsk, he lived in Abkhazia for some time. He worked in the construction industry, is fond of playing chess online.

In 1999, Aleksandr got acquainted with the Bible, became convinced of its reliability and practicality. The fulfillment of the prophecies from Scripture prompted him to become a Christian that same year.

Unfortunately, due to Bible discussions in April 2021, Aleksandr was sentenced to 3 years in prison. In his last plea, the believer said: "Being in any way connected with hatred and violence is out of the question. I am a peaceful Jehovah's Witness and will continue to be so." In February 2023, Aleksandr was released after serving his sentence in full.

Case History

In the spring of 2020, Aleksandr Shcherbina was subjected to a search and was summoned for interrogation as a witness in a criminal case against his fellow believer Aleksandr Ivshin. Six months later, FSB investigator Komissarov initiated a criminal case for “participation in the activity of an extremist organization” against Shcherbina himself. Law enforcement officers secretly videotaped Bible discussions and considered such conversations to be a continuation of the activity of a banned organization. In December, Aleksandr’s house was searched again. In April 2021, the Abinsk District Court sentenced the believer to 3 years in a penal colony. In June 2021, a court of appeal reduced the sentence to 2 years imprisonment. The believer filed a cassation appeal against the verdict, but the court left it unsatisfied. On February 22, 2023, Shcherbina was released after serving his main sentence.