Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Stupnikov Andrey Garafetanovich
Date of Birth: September 17, 1973
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility, 335 day in a pre-trial detention, 124 day Under house arrest, 1047 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 6 years of imprisonment with deprivation of the right to engage in organizational activities in public and religious associations, public and religious organizations, for a term of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year; The sentence of deprivation of liberty shall be served in a penal colony of general regime
Currently held in: Detention Centre No. 1 in Kirov Region
Address for correspondence: Stupnikov Andrey Garafetanovich, born 1973, SIZO №1 in Kirov Region, ul. Mopra, 1, g. Kirov, Russia, 610004

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Andrey Stupnikov was born in 1973 in Norilsk, at the age of 5 he moved with his parents to Grozny. Later he lived in Stavropol and Krasnoyarsk.

Andrey has a higher education as an oil and gas drilling engineer. He has a younger sister. As a child, he was actively involved in sports and attended a theater club.

Even in his youth, Andrei began to think about God. His family lived in Grozny during the fighting of 1994-1996. As he watched the terrible events, he began to wonder why this was happening and what to do to get protection from God. He realized that today the prophecies of the Bible are being fulfilled, and the advice in this book provides the best guidance in all situations.

In 1993, Andrey married Olga, whom he met in a hospital in Grozny, where she worked as a nurse. In this happy family, they love art, history and theater, they are often in nature.

Case History

In July 2018, FSB officers arrested engineer Andrei Stupnikov at the Krasnoyarsk airport. The next day, an investigator opened the first criminal case in the region under an extremist article against him for reading the Bible and praying together with friends. He spent 337 days in a pre-trial detention center, 124 days under house arrest and about 2 years under a ban on certain actions. In February 2020, Andrey Stupnikov’s case went to court, and in June 2021 he was sentenced to 6 years in a general regime colony. The appeal upheld this sentence, and the believer was sent to a penal colony in the Kirov region to serve his sentence. In August 2022, the cassation court upheld the decision of the appellate instance.