Updated: May 21, 2024
Name: Ananin Sergey Viktorovich
Date of Birth: May 4, 1967
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 75 day in a pre-trial detention, 773 day Under house arrest, 342 day in prison
Current restrictions: detention center
Sentence: punishment in the form of 6 years of imprisonment with serving a sentence in a correctional colony of general regime with deprivation of the right to engage in organizational activities in public or religious associations, public or religious organizations, for a period of 2 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 3 in Novosibirsk Region
Address for correspondence: Ananin Sergey Viktorovich, born 1967, IK No. 3 in Novosibirsk Region, ul. Zvyozdnaya, 34, g. Novosibirsk, Russia, 630097

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In December 2020, Sergey Ananin suffered a massive heart attack, had heart surgery and spent several days in intensive care. Just a month and a half later, the law enforcement officers raided his home, as well as the home of his wife's elderly parents. The believer spent 48 hours in a temporary detention center and was placed under house arrest, despite doctors recommending him following a special schedule of walks and treatment.

Sergey was born in April 1967 in the Urals, in the town of Shchuchye, Kurgan Region. From childhood he was fond of music and played the guitar in an ensemble. After school, he entered the Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute of Communications (today SibGUTI) in the faculty of automatic telecommunications. After studying, he was assigned to the city of Belovo, where he worked for 30 years at the Belovsky State District Power Plant.

In 1988, Sergey married Yelena. Together they raised two daughters who were educated in the fields of medicine and teaching. They already have their own families and live separately. Sergey and Yelena maintain a warm, close relationship with their daughters, as well as with his wife's elderly parents. The families often gather together to have a barbecue, relax and socialize in the village where Yelena's parents live. Music is still Sergey's main hobby: in his spare time he practices or just listens to music.

In 1995, Yelena began studying the Bible, and Sergey soon joined her. About a year later, the couple decided to become Jehovah's Witnesses. “I was convinced of the truth of the Bible, as prophecies recorded in it have been fulfilled and are being fulfilled before our very eyes. And I also began to recognize the appealing and beautiful personality of the Creator, which helped me develop a friendship with him,” Sergey said.

The criminal prosecution had a negative impact on the health of the couple. Yelena's chronic illness worsened, and Sergey, due to house arrest, lost the opportunity to receive comprehensive medical care and to recover after his surgery. In March 2023, the court sentenced the peaceful believer to 6 years in a penal colony.

Case History

Sergey Ananin from Belovo was detained and placed in a temporary detention facility after a search of his home in February 2021. On that day, the security forces also came to his wife’s parents and several fellow believers. As it turned out, a peaceful believer became a defendant in a criminal case on extremism, which was initiated by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. After two days in custody, Ananin, who had recently suffered a heart attack and heart surgery, was placed under house arrest. This preventive measure deprived him of the opportunity to receive the full medical care necessary for recovery after surgery. In January 2022, the believer’s case went to court. The prosecution involved representatives of various churches, as well as a religious scholar, as witnesses. They did not know the defendant personally, and they had nothing bad to say about Jehovah’s Witnesses in general. In March 2023, the court sentenced Sergey Ananin to 6 years in prison, the sentence was left in force by the appelation and cassation.