Updated: May 28, 2024
Name: Trifonov Igor Petrovich
Date of Birth: October 19, 1969
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1), 282.3 (1)
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement
Sentence: punishment in the form of 6 years 6 months of imprisonment, with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in the work of public organizations for a period of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year, punishment in the form of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 3 years 8 months

Biography

On February 15, 2019, one of the most massive and inhuman operations against believers took place in Surgut and several other cities of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. More than 20 people were involved in criminal cases, 7 people reported torture, 3 people were in custody for a long time, at least one was dismissed from work - Igor Trifonov. What do we know about him?

Igor was born in 1969 in the village of Serebryansky, Murmansk region. He has a younger brother. Since childhood, he was fond of sports and electrical engineering. When Igor was 6 years old, his family moved to Belarus, near Mogilev. Later, Igor moved to Russian Surgut as an adult. After college, he received the profession of a mechanic. At first he worked as a driver and metalworker, but then he worked as a firefighter for 22 years in a row. He received only positive references at work, until everything suddenly changed in February 2019 - it turned out that because of his religious views and the criminal case opened, Igor could no longer work in the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

Igor has been a committed Christian and Bible student for over twenty years. Since 1997 he has been married to Olga. Friends know her as a caring mother and housewife, she bakes delicious pancakes. After losing his job, it became more difficult for Igor to take care of three minor children, one of whom is an infant.

For two weeks after the search and interrogation, Olga was in a state of shock, constantly crying. Igor draws comfort from the Bible: "Jesus was also persecuted. And for what? For the truth? He didn't do anything wrong either."

Case History

In February 2019, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against 18 men and 1 woman from Surgut (among them was a man mistaken for a Jehovah’s Witness). Their homes were searched. During the interrogations, 7 believers were subjected to violence. Artur Severinchik was sent to a pre-trial detention center for 29 days, and Yevgeny Fedin and Sergey Loginov - for 56. Timofey Zhukov was illegally placed in a psychiatric hospital for 14 days. Believers complained about the use of torture to the Investigative Committee, the ECHR and the Commissioner for Human Rights, a press conference was held with the participation of human rights defenders, but none of the security forces was ever brought to justice. In October 2021, the case materials were submitted to the court. The prosecutor requested imprisonment for the defendants for a term of 3 years and 3 months to 8.5 years in prison, and for Loginov - 9.5 years, which was the most severe request for punishment for believing in Jehovah God in modern Russia.