Updated: July 24, 2024
Name: Bukin Vladimir Valeriyevich
Date of Birth: June 19, 1972
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1), 282.2 (1.1)
Time spent in prison: 137 day in a pre-trial detention, 324 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 6 years and 4 months of imprisonment in a penal colony of general regime, with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in the work of public organizations for a term of 4 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year
Currently held in: penal colony No. 14 in Khabarovsk Territory
Address for correspondence: Bukin Vladimir Valeriyevich, born 1972, IK No. 14 in Khabarovsk Territory, sh. Mashinostroiteley, 10, g. Amursk, Khabarovsk Territory, Russia, 682643

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In the fall of 2019, civilians were searched in Tynda, after which Vladimir Bukin became a defendant in a criminal case on extremism only because of his faith. The case was considered in court twice. As a result, the believer received more than 6 years in prison for his beliefs.

Vladimir was born in 1972 in Vladivostok. He is the only child in the family. As a child, Vladimir studied at an art school, played in a brass band, and also played table tennis and sambo.

After school, Vladimir went to Vladivostok, graduated from the Far Eastern Power Engineering College, having received a specialty "operation of electrical equipment and automation of power systems." He worked as a car mechanic at Primorskaya GRES, a communications electrician at Rostelecom LLC, and an electrician at a car depot. He likes to repair cars.

Vladimir got acquainted with the Bible in the mid-1990s. "I loved researching this book," says Vladimir. "Over time, all the beauty of biblical truth was revealed and faith came that this is the Word of God."

In 2001, Vladimir married Natalya. She is a housewife, fond of drawing, embroidery, bakes delicious pies. Spouses love to spend time together, go to the forest for mushrooms and berries. In 2012, the family moved to Tynda.

The criminal prosecution seriously affected the lives of Vladimir and Natalya, depriving them of peace of mind.

Case History

In 2018, in the city of Tynda, FSB agent Nurakov, feigning an interest in the Bible, began attending meetings for worship of Jehovah's Witnesses and collecting information about them. In November 2019, a criminal case was initiated against Sergey Yuferov, Valery Slashchev, Mikhail Burkov and Vladimir Bukin. A wave of searches took place in the city. The men were accused of organizing the activity of an extremist organization and involving others in it. In June 2021, the case went to court. A year and a half later, the believers were sentenced from 6 years and 2 months to 6 years and 6 months in a penal colony. In December 2022, the court of appeal overturned the verdict and sent the case for a new trial, and the believers were released from the pretrial detention center, where they had each spent 2 months. In June 2023, they were again sentenced to a penal colony: Bukin, Slashchev and Yuferov were given 6 years and 4 months each, and Burkov was given 6 years and 2 months. Another court of appeal ruled in August 2023 to uphold this decision. In May 2024, the court of cassation confirmed the verdict for all four Jehovah's Witnesses from Tynda.