Updated: June 12, 2024
Name: Timoshin Denis Vladimirovich
Date of Birth: March 25, 1980
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 514 day Under house arrest
Sentence: punishment in the form of 2 years of imprisonment, with restriction of liberty for a term of 8 months, punishment in the form of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 3 years


On July 15, 2018, several detachments of law enforcement officers invaded the apartments of believers in Penza and detained several people. One of them, Denis Timoshin, spent two days in a temporary detention center, then was placed under house arrest. He is charged with participation in extremist activities. What is known about him?

Denis was born in 1980 in the city of Volzhsky (Volgograd region). As a child, he was fond of mathematics, computers and sports. For many years he worked in the field of repair of household appliances.

While still a teenager, Denis discovered amazing facts about the origin of life and the complexity of living organisms. This convinced him that all living things have an intelligent Creator and aroused his interest in the Bible. From it he learned that Jesus Christ taught to love one's neighbor as oneself. Denis strives to adhere to this commandment to this day. It was for this reason that he asked to replace military service with alternative civilian service.

In 2004, Denis married Victoria, in 2006 the young family moved to Penza. The Timoshin family is known as cheerful and hospitable people who love sports, fishing and outdoor activities. Victoria makes jewelry, is engaged in interior design.

Although Denis's relatives do not share his religious beliefs, they are concerned about the criminal prosecution of this peace-loving man and hoped that the unfortunate legal error would be corrected.

Nevertheless, on December 13, 2019, the judge of the Leninsky District Court of the city of Penza, Roman Tanchenko, sentenced Denis Timoshin to 2 years of suspended imprisonment. The lawyers appealed the verdict.

Case History

In July 2018, searches were carried out in Penza and criminal cases were initiated against 6 local Jehovah’s Witnesses. It turned out that since the fall of 2017, the believers had been under covert surveillance. Vladimir Alushkin spent six months in a pre-trial detention center. The UN Working Group officially recognized his arrest as arbitrary. In the summer of 2019, the case was submitted to the Leninsky District Court of Penza. During the hearings, it turned out that the protocols of the witnesses’ interrogations were partially falsified by the investigation, and one of the witnesses told the court that she had testified under pressure. In December 2019, Judge Roman Tanchenko sentenced Vladimir Alushkin to 6 years in prison, and Tatyana Alushkina, Galia Olkhova, Vladimir Kulyasov, Andrey Magliv and Denis Timoshin to 2 years suspended. In September 2020, the Penza Regional Court commuted the sentence of Vladimir Alushkin, replacing 6 years in prison with 4 years probation. For the rest, the court upheld the sentence - 2 years suspended. On December 9, 2021, the First Court of Cassation of General Jurisdiction upheld the verdict.