Updated: May 24, 2024
Name: Yevstigneev Kirill Gennadiyevich
Date of Birth: December 27, 1979
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.3 (1)
Current restrictions: suspended sentence
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 3 years, punishment in the form of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 3 years


Spouses Kirill and Anastasiya faced criminal prosecution for their faith. In the summer of 2019, their home was searched, and a year later a criminal case was opened against the head of the family.

Kirill Yevstigneev was born in December 1979 in Nizhny Novgorod. He has a younger brother, Oleg. Kirill grew up as a sports child, he loved to play football.

After graduating from school, Kirill worked for 6 years as a grocery procurement manager, then for 2 years as a janitor, and recently he was a compressor operator.

In 2002, Kirill married Anastasiya, who shares his life values. The couple love to spend time with friends and organize theatrical and musical parties. Kirill also enjoys volleyball, football and table tennis.

As a teenager, Kirill became acquainted with Bible teachings through his mother. This knowledge, as well as the good qualities that those who live by the biblical laws learn to display, prompted him to consciously embark on the Christian path at the age of 19. Kirill’s brother also became a Christian.

The search and subsequent criminal prosecution did not pass without a trace for the couple. Kirill and Anastasiya say: “After the search, we feel tension when someone rings the doorbell. But we try to remain calm, joyful and positive. "

Kirill's mother and brother consider the criminal prosecution to be unfair. According to them, they could not even imagine that their loved one could be prosecuted as a criminal accused only because of their belief in God.

Case History

Kirill Yevstigneev is one of the Nizhny Novgorod believers who were searched by armed security forces in July 2019. A year later, he became a defendant in a criminal case on financing the activities of an extremist organization due to the fact that he entered into a lease agreement for a room for a friendly meeting with fellow believers. A secret video and audio recording was made for the believer. Later, investigator Makerov took a written undertaking not to leave Yevstigneev. In addition, Kirill Evstigneev was included in the list of terrorists and extremists of Rosfinmonitoring. His bank accounts were blocked. At the end of September 2021, the believer’s case was submitted to the Leninsky District Court of Nizhny Novgorod, and in May 2022, Judge Viktor Ushakov sentenced the believer to 3 years of suspended sentence. The appellate court upheld the verdict on August 1, 2022.