On June 4, 2019, during a raid on believers in Sevastopol, Viktor Stashevskiy was detained. He was charged with organizing extremist activities only because of his religion. On March 29, 2021, the court sentenced him to six and a half years in a general regime colony.
Viktor was born in 1966 in the city of Kansk (Krasnoyarsk Territory). He has a twin brother. In 1967, the whole family moved first to Vilnius (Lithuania), and then to Feodosia (Crimea). Viktor's father was an ambulance doctor, and his mother worked for an airline. As a child, Viktor was fond of gliding.
In 1983, Viktor moved to Sevastopol, where he graduated from the Black Sea higher naval school named after P. S. Nakhimov. Until 1993, he served in the navy in the city of Polyarny, Murmansk region. In 1996, Viktor met his future wife Larisa. In 2002, they got married. Larisa is fond of onomastics (the science of proper names), history, loves sewing and knitting. The couple have two daughters, one of them was born in Larisa's first marriage.
Viktor was interested in questions of the universe, he was impressed by the complexity and orderliness of the universe. This prompted him to learn more about his Creator, and so he began to study the Bible. The man was amazed at the wisdom, simplicity and power of this book. According to the believer, the study of the Scriptures gave his life more meaning.
Not all of Viktor's relatives share his religious beliefs, but they are all shocked that the believer was convicted only because of his beliefs.