Updated: March 2, 2024
Name: Agadzhanov Sergey Artemovich
Date of Birth: October 20, 1957
Current status: Defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: Recognizance agreement


On March 20, 2019, searches and interrogations of citizens in connection with their Christian beliefs resumed in Magadan. Sergey Agadzhanov 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 is known about him?

Sergey was born in 1957 in the village of Pervomaisky, Luhansk region of Ukraine. He has a younger sister and two adult sons. As a child, he was fond of modeling, worked as a driver for more than twenty years. Now retired, but does not like to sit idly by - he is engaged in apartment repairs, goes to the gym to maintain good physical shape.

Over the years, Sergey lived in Moscow, the Kaliningrad region and Yakutia. Recently he has been living in Magadan. In the 2000s, he was greatly impressed by the evidence that the Bible is God's Word.

Sergey's relatives cannot understand why a peaceful person is being prosecuted under criminal articles, although they understand that this is exactly what the Bible predicted.

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 5-8 months behind bars, and then almost as long under house arrest. In March 2019, the FSB conducted another series of searches. The number of defendants in the case reached 13, including 6 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 4 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.