Pavel Kazadaev at the cassation hearing via video conference, June 6, 2024

Unjust Verdicts

Court of Cassation in Kemerovo Left Pavel Kazadaev Behind Bars

Altai Territory

Pavel Kazadaev from Barnaul will remain in a penal colony to serve his sentence — on June 6, 2024, the Eighth Court of Cassation of General Jurisdiction in Kemerovo upheld the verdict and appeal decision in the case against the believer.

In August 2023, Kazadaev's case took an unexpected turn: instead of the 3-year suspended sentence imposed by the court, the court of appeal, satisfying the prosecutor's request, sent the believer to a penal colony for the same period.

Kazadaev himself completely denies being guilty of extremism. "The actions I'm charged with were peaceful, and caused no harmful consequences to anyone," the believer said in his cassation appeal.

At the time of the cassation hearing, he was kept in a strict regime penal colony.

The case of Kazadaev in Barnaul

Case History
In May 2021, the Investigative Committee accused 24-year-old Pavel Kazadaev of participating in the activities of an extremist organization, “including through interviews.” This was followed by a mass raid on believers in the Altai Territory called “Armageddon”. The security forces searched the house of Pavel’s relatives in the village of Lugovoi, as well as his apartment in Novokuznetsk (Kemerovo region), after which the believer was taken to Barnaul for interrogation. After a day in the detention center, he was placed on his own recognizance. At the end of June 2022, the criminal case went to court. In April 2023, Pavel Kazadaev was sentenced to 3 years of suspended sentence with restriction of liberty for 6 months and a probation period of 2 years. In August, in response to a prosecutor’s complaint, the Court of Appeal toughened the sentence, replacing the suspended sentence with a real one. Pavel was sent to a colony for 3 years. In June 2024, the court of cassation upheld the verdict and the appeal decision.

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