Updated: April 25, 2024
Name: Revyakin Viktor Anatoliyevich
Date of Birth: March 2, 1957
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: Recognizance agreement
Sentence: punishment in the form of 3 years of imprisonment, with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to participation in the work of public religious organizations and associations for a term of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 10 months, a sentence of imprisonment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 3 years


On March 20, 2019, searches and interrogations of citizens in connection with their Christian beliefs resumed in Magadan. Viktor Revyakin became a new defendant in the criminal case against believers in Magadan, who by this time had already become 13. The investigation believes that he participated in worship services. What do we know about Victor?

Viktor was born in 1957 in Novosibirsk. His parents are no longer alive, as well as his relatives in general. Early accustomed to an independent life. In his youth, he attended sports sections, was especially fond of athletics. He graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Physical Culture. The first place of work is the regional sports committee of Magadan. He devoted most of his life to teaching: he worked as an athletics coach and head teacher at a children's youth sports school. Today he teaches physical education at the Magadan Polytechnic College.

Viktor has been living in Magadan since 1966, he came to the city immediately after the institute. It was here that his acquaintance with the Bible took place. Before that, he had never read it or even held it in his hands. His knowledge of the Scriptures convinced him that the Bible was the source of truth.

In 2011, in Novosibirsk (where his father lived), Viktor met his future wife Natalia, and two years later they got married. For both, this is a remarriage. The children are already adults and live separately with their families. The couple love to walk in nature in their free time, as well as sit together at home and taste the local fish. For most of her life, Natalia worked as a leading specialist in the client service of the Novosibirsk Pension Fund. It is difficult for acquaintances of Viktor and Natalia to understand what a threat this law-abiding family can pose to society.

Case History

After a series of searches in Magadan in May 2018, Konstantin Petrov, Yevgeny Zyablov and Sergey Yerkin were placed in a pre-trial detention center. On the same day in Khabarovsk, Ivan Puyda was searched. He was arrested and then taken 1600 km away to the Magadan pre-trial detention center. The believers spent two to four months behind bars, and then were placed under house arrest. In March 2019, the FSB conducted another series of searches. The number of defendants in the case later reached 13, including six women, including the elderly. The investigator regarded the holding of peaceful worship services as organizing the activities of an extremist organization, participating in it and financing it. In almost four years of investigation, the case against 13 believers grew to 66 volumes. It went to court in March 2022. At the hearings, it became clear that the case was based on the testimony of a secret witness - an FSB informant who kept secret records of peaceful worship. In March 2024, the believers were given suspended sentences from 3 to 7 years.