Photo: while Roman Makhnev was behind bars, his mother's house burned down

Activities of Believers

In Kaluga, friends support believers who find themselves in trouble due to criminal prosecution

Kaluga Region

On December 25, 2019, Roman Makhnev, a believer from Kaluga, left the pre-trial detention center, where he spent 182 days. During this time, his father died, and his widowed mother's house burned down. About 30 of Roman's fellow believers came to the aid of the elderly woman.

Friends of the Makhnevs reacted quickly. There were so many people who wanted to help that some had to refuse. As a result, about 30 people dismantled tons of burnt furniture, metal structures, roofs and household appliances in 2 days. They also cleared the walls of burning, installed a frame for a new roof and connected temporary wiring.

What was happening aroused great interest among the villagers, many specially came to see how the work was progressing. As far as they could, neighbors began to help: they provided volunteers with parking spaces, allowed them to use the toilet, borrowed kettles, and the like. Impressed by the support of her friends, the elderly woman repeated: "Everyone would like sons like my Roman!"

Update. In Kaluga, friends of the prisoner of conscience Roman Makhnev installed roof rafters on his mother's house.

Case of Makhnev and Kuzin in Kaluga

Case history

Persons in case

Criminal case

Kaluga Region
Suspected of:
According to the investigation they took active organizational measures, expressed in the unification of followers of the world organization of Jehovah's Witnesses living in the city of Kaluga and the Kaluga Region, under one leadership; convening meetings in living quarters located in the territory of the city of Kaluga and the Kaluga region; organizing religious performances and services at these meetings; carrying out preaching activity
Court case number:
June 26, 2019
Current case stage:
Preliminary investigation
Investigation Department of FSSD of Russia for Kaluga Region
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (1)