Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Razumov Yevgeniy Viktorovich
Date of Birth: December 26, 1979
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility, 893 day in a pre-trial detention, 547 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 7 years of imprisonment with serving in a correctional colony of general regime, with deprivation of the right to engage in organizational activities in public and religious associations and organizations, for a period of 5 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 3 in Ulyanovsk Region
Address for correspondence: Razumov Yevgeniy Viktorovich, born 1979, born 1952, IK No 3 in Ulyanovsk Region, ul. Osypenko, 22, g. Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk Region, Russia, 433502

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In August 2020, a series of searches were carried out in the homes of peaceful believers in the Rostov region. As a result, several men were sent to a pre-trial detention center. Among them was Yevgeniy Razumov. In September 2022, the court sentenced him to 7 years in prison for believing in Jehovah God.

Yevgeniy was born in 1979 in the city of Gukovo (Rostov Region) in a large family. He has a half sister and two brothers. Their mother is retired.

As a child, Yevgeniy liked hockey. From the age of 14, in order to help the family, he began to earn extra money: he was a carpenter's apprentice, learned to lay ceramic tiles. Prior to the criminal prosecution, Yevgeniy was mainly engaged in drilling wells and plumbing work.

Yevgeniy is a versatile person. He enjoys exact sciences such as fractal geometry and mathematics, he also enjoys playing chess and cooking.

Since 2005, Yevgeniy has been married to Nataliya. She is fond of psychology, plant growing, needlework, loves animals. Spouses like culinary experiments. But most of all they are united by their love for the Bible, the advice from which they try to apply in their family life. Holy Scripture helped Yevgeniy to stop smoking and using drugs.

The criminal prosecution and arrest of the breadwinner had a negative impact on the financial situation of the family. Nataliya's health condition worsened, her chronic diseases worsened due to stress.

Relatives and neighbors of Yevgeniy wonder how this kind, attentive and hardworking man ended up behind bars just because of his faith.

Case History

In August 2020 the security forces conducted searches in the homes of residents of Gukovo. The Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case against Aleksey Dyadkin, Vladimir Popov, Yevgeniy Razumov, Aleksey Goreliy, Nikita Moiseyev and Oleg Shidlovskiy. These peaceful believers were accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. The men’s crime, according to the investigators, is that they “prayed and sang songs to Jehovah God.” Since August 2020 all six have been in pre-trial. As it later became known, an infiltrated FSB agent had been watching the believers for a long time. In November of 2021 the case went to trial. The testimonies of interviewed religious scholars confirmed that these men were tried only for their peaceful religious activities. In September 2022 the court sentenced Goreliy and Shidlovskiy to six-and-a-half years in a general penal colony, while the rest of the believers were sentenced to seven years. In January of 2023 the appeal court approved the verdict, and then six months later the cassational court upheld it.