Updated: July 12, 2024
Name: Sakada Vladimir Fedorovich
Date of Birth: October 4, 1970
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, 543 day in a pre-trial detention, 303 day Under house arrest, 275 day in prison
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 educational activities, activities related to speeches and publications in the media, placement of materials in information and telecommunication networks, including the Internet for a period of 7 years, with restriction of freedom for a period of 1 year
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 5 in Kaluga Region
Address for correspondence: Sakada Vladimir Fedorovich, born 1970, IK No. 5 in Kaluga Region, Sukhinichi, Kaluga Region, Russia, 249275

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The raid on civilians in Sevastopol in October 2020 divided the lives of believers into before and after. Among the men who ended up in jail just because they believe in Jehovah God was Vladimir Sakada. Then he spent six months behind bars. Later, in October 2022, the court sentenced Vladimir to 6 years in prison in a general regime colony.

Vladimir was born in October 1970 in Kyiv. He is a turner by profession. Although Vladimir grew up in an atheistic family, after returning from the army, he became interested in the Bible. The man was amazed at how wise and practical this book turned out to be. He had a desire to help other people to see the value of the Christian teachings.

In 2005, Vladimir married Svetlana, who became his faithful companion and helper. Soon after the wedding, the couple moved to Sevastopol, and 5 years later Svetlana's mother came closer to the children. Spouses love to spend time together and travel.

Prior to his conviction, Vladimir worked as a builder, providing for his family. He is a kind and sympathetic person, he has many friends. Applying biblical truths in practice helps him to improve the quality of his personality, to be a good family man and friend.

Case History

In October 2020, security forces conducted searches of believers in Sevastopol. The day before, the FSB initiated a criminal case against Vladimir Maladyka, Yevgeniy Zhukov and Vladimir Sakada. They were accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization only because of their faith in Jehovah God. The charges were based on video recordings of four worship services of Jehovah’s Witnesses made by FSB agents. The believers spent a day in a temporary detention facility, then the court sent them to a pre-trial detention center. In April 2021, the case went to trial. During the hearings, FSB officer Dmitriy Shevchenko, who conducted surveillance of the believers, stated that no signs of extremism or facts of inciting religious hatred were identified in their actions. During the investigation and trial each men spent more than a year and four months in a pre-trial detention center and more than eight months under house arrest. In October 2022, the court sentenced them to six years in prison in a general regime colony. An appeal upheld the decision a year later.