On March 1, 2021, the Court of Appeal upheld the sentence handed down to Ruslan Alyev by the Leninsky District Court in December 2020. The believer was given a two-and-a-half-year suspended sentence just because he prayed and read the Bible with his wife and friends.
Ruslan was born in 1987 in the village of Chunoyar, Krasnoyarsk Territory. He has a younger sister. As a child, his family moved frequently, so Ruslan also lived in Azerbaijan and Ukraine. He was a versatile child: he was fond of sports, foreign languages, dancing, read a lot, wrote poetry. He graduated with honors from the Rostov Technical School of Railway Transport, as well as Chinese language courses. He worked as a builder, finisher, roofer, sales assistant, guitar and English tutor, and recently teaches Chinese. In total, Ruslan knows four languages, writes and performs songs with a guitar.
In 2006, Ruslan met Kristina, a few years later they got married. Kristina is a hairdresser by profession, sings well and is fond of needlework. Together with her husband, she studies Chinese.
From the age of 13, Ruslan loves to read the Bible and write down interesting thoughts from it. Over time, he found answers to all his questions in this book and became a staunch Christian. Ruslan's relatives and friends, as well as acquaintances who do not share his religious views, are outraged by the absurdity of the verdict. Everyone understands that extremism is incompatible with the personality and reputation of a believer.