In October 2019, mass searches were carried out at the homes of Jehovah's Witnesses in Kursk. Andrey Andreyev ended up behind bars only because of his faith. He was released only a few years later—in February 2023, having survived the investigation and trial in captivity and having served his term.
Andrey was born in 1976 in Kursk. He has a younger sister. As a child, Andrey loved to play sports, after school he received the profession of a repairman. For some time he worked as a firefighter, in recent years, before criminal prosecution, he was engaged in roofing work.
In 1999, Andrey married Svetlana. The couple raised two daughters—Angelika and Albina. Svetlana is a process engineer by profession, later she mastered the profession of a sales representative. Angelika is a hair stylist, loves music, plays the guitar and draws. Albina studied at a medical college and plays the piano. The whole family shares Andrey's love of travel.
Andrey became interested in the Bible when he learned about the prophecies that were written in it thousands of years ago and are being fulfilled today, especially from the Bible book of Daniel.
Because of the criminal prosecution, the Andreev family faced numerous difficulties. Svetlana's parents supported their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters. Speaking before the court, Andrey said: “I was personally convinced that my wife is my flesh, and for the time for which we were separated, it really seemed like some part of me was cut off. Many thanks to my daughters, they supported me and supported their mother.”