Updated: March 2, 2024
Name: Andreyev Andrey Leonidovich
Date of Birth: October 12, 1976
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 825 day in a pre-trial detention, 399 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 4 years 6 months with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to the placement of appeals and other materials in public information and telecommunication networks, including the Internet, for a term of 5 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year with serving a sentence of imprisonment in a correctional colony of general regime


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.”

Case history

In October 2019, the FSB initiated a criminal case against Andrey Andreyev, Artem Bagratyan and his wife Alevtina. Andreyev was accused of organizing the activity of an extremist organization, while the others were accused of participating in it. They were placed in a detention center. Later, another believer, Andrey Ryshkov, was arrested. At the end of 2020, Alevtina Bagratyan was transferred to house arrest. Artem Bagratyan suffers from diabetes and other chronic diseases; his condition required inpatient treatment, which he was denied by the management of the detention center. In June 2021, the court sentenced: Andrey Andreyev to 4.5 years in a penal colony, Andrey Ryshkov - 3 years in a penal colony, Artem Bagratyan - 2.5 years in a penal colony and his wife, Alevtina - 2 years in a penal colony. Aleksandr Vospitanyuk was given a 2-year suspended sentence. In January 2022, the court of appeal, and a year later, the court of cassation, upheld this decision. All of the believers have already served their terms.