On December 19, 2019, a wave of mass searches swept through Vologda, as a result of which 67-year-old Yuri Baranov was detained and then placed under house arrest.
Yuri was born in 1952 in Vologda. He grew up without a father, as a child he loved to ski and play the accordion. All his life he worked as a gas electric welder. He is now retired.
Yuriy is known as a sympathetic person, always ready to help. If necessary, he always helps friends and acquaintances with minor repairs around the house, supports in word and deed. By his example, he shows young people how important it is to help others.
In 1989, Yuri met his future wife Nadezhda, and in 1990 they got married. Together they raised Nadezhda's daughter, Elizabeth.
In search of justice and answers to his questions, in 1992 Yuri, his wife and daughter began to study the Bible together, and then, according to Yuriy, "everything fell into place."
After the searches and subsequent arrest, the life of the spouses changed dramatically. Yuri's heart problems worsened (before his arrest he was preparing for an operation in Moscow) and a number of other diseases, insomnia began. Yuri needs to undergo an annual course of treatment.
Yuri's mother, who is already over 90, needs constant care and assistance from Yuriy, has a disability group.