On May 14, 2018, a criminal case was opened in Orenburg under Article 282.2 (2) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation against Nikolai Zhugin. For reading the Bible with friends, he is charged with "participation in the activities of an extremist organization." What is really known about this supposedly dangerous criminal?
Nikolay Zhugin was born in the village of Terentyevka, Karabalyk district of Kazakhstan in 1976, a gas electric welder by profession. As a child, he liked to spend time in the village, went in for sports. He has an elder brother and sister. Nikolai's father died twenty years ago from the effects of radiation - he was the liquidator of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Since the mid-1990s, Nikolay has been a deeply religious person. From the Bible, he learned that physical laws have a lawgiver, God, and Bible prophecies are always fulfilled.
For many years, Nikolay has been married to Galina. Although she does not share her husband's religious beliefs, she is a happy family that is raising a son and a daughter. Not so long ago, my son graduated from school with a red certificate. The whole family loves to spend time in nature with friends, fishing.
Nikolay's relatives cannot understand why he is being persecuted. "Until recent events, I did not understand how my Orthodox relatives feel about the truth, but when the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia began, I saw that they were all sincerely worried about me, my family and my future," he says.