Pavel Kazadaev

Unjust Verdicts

The Court of Appeal in Barnaul Sentenced Pavel Kazadaev to Penal Colony for 3 Years

Altai Territory

On August 18, 2023, the Altai Regional Court granted the prosecutor's appeal against the verdict against Pavel Kazadaev, replacing 3 years of suspended imprisonment with 3 years in a general regime colony for talking about the Bible. The believer was taken into custody in the courtroom. He has pleaded not guilty and can appeal the verdict.

Before the ruling of appeal, Pavel said: “I did not continue the activity of a banned organization. I wanted and still want to peacefully confess my faith together with friends, worship God, praise him, learn his commandments and principles. If I stop doing this, then, in fact, I stop being a believer. I did not have extremist motives, I do not feel hatred and enmity towards other people, including people of other religions, therefore my actions could not harm them. There are no victims in my case, and all my friends and relatives described me favorably.”

Pavel Kazadaev, 26, is the youngest Jehovah's Witness prosecuted in the Altai Territory. The European Court of Human Rights clearly stated in its decision: “The forced dissolution of all religious organisations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia... disclosed indications of a policy of intolerance by the Russian authorities towards the religious practices of Jehovah's Witnesses designes to cause Jehovah's Witnesses to abandon their faith and to prevent others from joining it."

The case of Kazadaev in Barnaul

Case History
In May 2021, the Investigative Committee accused Pavel Kazadaev of participating in the activity of an extremist organization, “including through discussions.” A massive raid, named “Armageddon”, was conducted at the homes of the believers in the Altai Territory. The law enforcement officers searched the house of Pavel’s relatives in the village of Lugovoe, as well as his apartment in Novokuznetsk (Kemerovo Region), after which he was taken to Barnaul for interrogation. After 24 hours in a detention center, he signed a recognizance agreement. At the end of June 2022, the criminal case went to court. In April 2023, Pavel Kazadaev was given a 3-year suspended sentence with restriction of liberty for 6 months and a probation period of 2 years. In August, the Court of Appeal toughened the sentence, replacing the suspended sentence with imprisonment in a penal colony for 3 years.

Persons in case

Criminal case

Altai Territory
Suspected of:
According to the investigation, Pavel Kazadaev, "being an active participant in an extremist organization, carried out actions to support the existence of the assembly in the Altai Territory, including through interviews."
Court case number:
May 11, 2021
Current case stage:
the verdict entered into force
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Altai Territory
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (2)
Court case number:
Court of First Instance:
Индустриальный районный суд г. Барнаула Алтайского края
Judge of the Court of First Instance:
Дмитрий Маликов
Case History