On February 28, 2019, in Ulyanovsk, criminal cases were initiated against several civilians in connection with their faith. One of them, Andrey Tabakov, was placed under house arrest. What is known about him?
Andrey was born in 1973 in Minsk. Since his father was a soldier, the family often moved from place to place, and Andrei saw many cities. Later, the family settled in Ulyanovsk, the hometown of Andrey's parents.
Since childhood, Andrey was fond of technology, radio electronics and computers, and after graduating from the institute he began to work in the field of information technology. At work, he met Marina, who worked as a programmer and studied the Bible. In 2006, they got married and are trying to build a family life according to the precepts of this holy book.
Relatives are very worried about Andrey in connection with his prosecution for crimes that he did not commit. They try to support him emotionally.
In 2019, the FSB in Ulyanovsk opened a case against the Mysins and their co-religionists Zelensky, Tabakov, Ganin and Khachikyan. After the searches, they were sent to jail and later under house arrest. In addition, savings and cars worth 1.5 million rubles were seized from believers. The charge under Article 282.2 was limited to participation in “activities that included religious chanting, preaching, study of the article and prayer.” Believers were seriously worried about the repressions, Sergey Mysin, who spent 2 months behind bars, ended up in intensive care. The state prosecutor recommended that all six be sent to a general regime colony for terms ranging from 3 to 7 years, as well as confiscate the seized property and money. The court of first instance sentenced them to suspended imprisonment for terms of up to 3.5 years. The court of appeal increased the suspended sentence for Sergey Mysin by six months - up to 4 years - and left the sentences unchanged for the rest of the believers.