Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Levchuk Vadim Anatolevich
Date of Birth: February 6, 1972
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 656 day in a pre-trial detention, 254 day Under house arrest, 345 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 4 years of imprisonment with serving a sentence in a correctional colony of general regime with deprivation of the right to hold positions related to the exercise of the functions of a representative of the authorities and organizational and administrative powers for a term of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year


After the storming of the houses of believers in July 2018, Vadim Levchuk ended up in a pre-trial detention center, where he ended up spending almost 2 years. The man was tried and found guilty of "organizing extremist activities" and sentenced to 4 years in a general regime colony. In March 2021, he was taken to a Novosibirsk colony.

At the age of 20, Vadim believed in God and began to carefully study the Bible. After moving to the city of Berezovsky (Kemerovo region), he worked as a miner for 14 years, and later continued to work at the enterprise as a facing. In 2017, he received a commendation for his conscientious attitude to work.

Since 1997, Vadim has been married to Tatyana, they have two sons. The elder one works at the mine, the younger one studies, a scholar in connection with the victory in the municipal stage of the All-Russian Olympiad in Geography. The whole family respects the Bible, leads a healthy lifestyle, is fond of sports, loves to relax in nature.

Vadim's conviction by the court came as a shock to his family. Friends and family are shocked that the believer was given a real prison term just because he peacefully studied the Bible at home.

Case History

In January 2021, the sentence came into force for two miners from the city of Berezovsky - 4 years each in a general regime colony due to the fact that they profess the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Both have families. At the time of Vadim Levchuk’s arrest, his son was a minor. Sergey Britvin has a disability group II. The persecution began in July 2018, when a wave of searches took place in the city, after which the Central District Court of Kemerovo placed both in a pre-trial detention center. While the investigation and trial were going on, the believers spent almost 2 years in prison. The case of Britvin and Levchuk was investigated by the FSB. No casualties or damage were identified. The believers were found guilty of organizing the activities of an extremist organization only because they communicated with friends on spiritual topics. The state prosecutor recommended that the court appoint 6.5 years in prison for each. The believers pleaded not guilty, insisting that practicing their religion is not prohibited by law. On December 30, 2021, they were released from the colony, having served their sentence in full.