Updated: December 8, 2023
Name: Zhuk Vitaliy Vyacheslavovich
Date of Birth: April 8, 1972
Current status: Defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 63 day in a pre-trial detention, 369 day Under house arrest


On November 10, in Khabarovsk, riot police broke into a friendly party at a local café and arrested several local residents, including Vitaliy Zhuk. A case was opened against them under Article 282.2 (extremism), and Vitaliy ended up in a pre-trial detention center. What is known about him?

Vitaliy Zhuk was born in 1972 in Khabarovsk, but spent his childhood in the village of Krasnorechenskoye (Khabarovsk region). The family had five children, of which Vitaly was the third. From the age of 17 until his arrest, he worked as a welder, and in all work teams he was always appreciated for his experience and responsibility. He is married and has two daughters.

When Vitaliy was about 20 years old, he became very ill and was hospitalized. After that, I began to seriously think about the meaning of life. His spiritual quest led him to study the Bible, where he discovered reasonable answers to questions. Since then, serving God has played an important role in his life.

Vitaly's relatives know him as a kind, modest and sympathetic person. They see that Bible study has a beneficial effect on his entire family and cannot understand why he is behind bars. Vitaliy's relatives and acquaintances sincerely hope that the absurd charges of extremism will be dropped from him.

Case history

Khabarovsk civilians Nikolay Polevodov, Stanislav Kim, spouses Vitaliy and Tatyana Zhuk, Svetlana Sedova and Maya Karpushkina were under investigation after a riot police platoon broke into a friendly party in a café in November 2018. Three men were sent to a pre-trial detention center, and later under house arrest. As a result, the Investigative Committee charged six Jehovah’s Witnesses: men with organizing the activities of an extremist organization, and women with participating in it. The only reason is to believe in Jehovah God and discuss the Bible with friends. 14 months of trials and 20 sessions of the court of first instance revealed the groundlessness of the accusation, and the case was returned to the prosecutor’s office. In December 2021, it went to court again.