Updated: December 8, 2023
Name: Tolstonozhenko Sergey Anatoliyevich
Date of Birth: October 31, 1957
Current status: charges withdrawn
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1.1)


On October 2, 2019, a criminal case was opened in Krasnoyarsk against 61-year-old Sergey Tolstonozhenko. He is accused of extremist activity because of a conversation at a bus stop about believing in God. What is known about this supposedly dangerous criminal?

Sergey was born in 1957 in Krasnoyarsk. The father is no longer alive, the mother is retired. He has a younger brother. As a child, he was fond of reading books and sports. He attended sections of classical wrestling, sambo, was fond of alpine skiing. He dreamed of becoming a pilot, read books about them and admired their exploits, but due to poor eyesight, he never managed to realize his dream.

After school, he graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Technology, where he received a degree in engineering in the field of chemical and technological processes. After serving in the army, he got a job at the Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant as an apprentice turner. Over time, he received the fifth category of this profession. Health problems imposed restrictions on sports, but Sergey's love for reading did not fade.

He met his future wife Nina at the institute, where they studied in the same group. They got married in 1982, when both were in their fourth year. Nina is now retired. The couple have an adult son, Dmitry, who works as an engineer for the repair and maintenance of office equipment.

Sergey became interested in the teachings of the Bible when he saw how they had a beneficial effect on his wife. Later, he was impressed by the simplicity and accuracy of the answers that this book gives on important life issues. Sergey noted that thanks to the Bible, his marriage was strengthened, his health improved, and his reputation changed for the better in the eyes of people who previously knew him not from the best side.

The criminal prosecution knocked the family out of their usual life routine. A search of the apartment with the seizure of personal belongings turned out to be a great stress. Against this background, diseases of the stomach, lungs and other health problems worsened. Sergey, who has always liked to show hospitality, feels depressed due to the lack of communication with friends. In addition, the investigator who conducted the search threatened him with dismissal from his job.

All Sergey's relatives, including people with a variety of beliefs, are extremely outraged by the arbitrariness of the authorities in relation to believers. They sincerely sympathize with Sergey, try to support and encourage in difficult times.

Case history

In the spring of 2018, turner Sergey Tolstonozhenko talked about the Bible with a man whose behavior the believer suspected that he was an informer. In July 2019, officers of the FSB and the Investigative Committee conducted a survey, and in fact a search of the believer’s home with the seizure of personal property. At the same time, they invaded the tutor Tatyana Feruleva against her consent. The Federal Security Service of Russia for the Federal Service of the National Guard of the Russian Federation and the Investigative Committee conducted an inspection in the apartment of gas welder Eduard Belyaev. In October 2019, the Leninsky District Department of Krasnoyarsk opened a criminal case against the believers, accusing them of involving them in the activities of a banned organization. This is how the investigation interpreted a simple conversation at a bus stop. 10 months later, the criminal case was dismissed due to the absence of a crime event.