Yuriy Vaag is a peaceful family man from Perm who had to defend his good name in the courts along with 4 other believers. In May 2021, he was found guilty of participation in the activities of an extremist organization and the court sentenced him to 2.5 years of probation.
Yuriy was born in 1975 in the city of Lesosibirsk (Krasnoyarsk Territory), where his parents were exiled because of their nationality during the Second World War. They were later rehabilitated. Yuriy has an elder sister.
As a child, Yuriy was fond of photography of landscapes and portraits, cycling and the construction of auto and aircraft models. After school, he mastered the specialty of a crane operator and took courses in electricians. He worked in his specialty, and also served buildings, first in Lesosibirsk, and then in Perm, where he moved.
When Yuri served in the army, his own sister shared with him what she learned from the Bible. He was deeply touched by this wise book, and the fact that it changes people's lives for the better.
In 1996, Yuriy married Svetlana, with whom they raised a son and daughter in accordance with Christian commandments. The children already have their own families. The spouses love to spend time in nature, receive guests, go to the theater.
Speaking in court, Yuriy emphasized : "We have never been extremists, because we learn from the Bible, and the Bible teaches truth, love and kindness... I have not done anything reprehensible either against God or against the people around me."