On 7 February 2018 law enforcement agencies conducted random searches in the homes of at least 17 peaceful citizens in Belgorod; dozens of people were detained and interrogated. Several criminal cases were opened, including one against Sergey Voykov. What do we know about him?
Sergey Voykov was born in Yakutsk. In his childhood he was actively engaged in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling and he was often awarded prizes in national tournaments; many times he was the champion of Yakutsk. However, due to illness he was forced to quit sports. At age 16 he fell in with the wrong crowd and spent some time in prison on charges of theft.
Meanwhile, his family learned about the Bible and he also found convincing answers from the Bible to his questions regarding the meaning of life. This new found faith helped Sergey break with the criminal world and become an honest member of society. In 2001 Sergey was baptised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Sergey has two specialties: car mechanic and welder. He has been living in Belgorod since 1994. In 2011 Sergey married Natalya. He still loves sports, especially volleyball, which he plays regularly with friends.
Everyone who knows Sergey is extremely surprised about his being criminally prosecuted for his faith. Even the relatives of Sergey and Natalya, who do not share their religious views, now defend them before their acquaintances, and Sergey’s grandmother has started praying to Jehovah, asking him to restore justice.