One of the youngest Jehovah's Witnesses persecuted for their faith in Russia, Yegor Baranov, spent six months in prison. For some time, the young man was deprived of the support of family and friends: he was not given visits with his mother and letters of support that came to him from different countries.
Yegor was born in March 2001 in Transbaikalia in the urban-type village of Olovyannaya (Chita region) in a large family. He has two elder brothers. His father died in 2013.
Already at the age of 4, Yegor read poetry and stories, and a little later he fell in love with books about nature and animals. He was interested in dinosaurs, dreamed of becoming an archaeologist.
Before the criminal prosecution, Yegor was a 2nd year student at the Vyazemsky Forestry—Technical School named after N. V. Usenko.
In the late 1990s, Yegor's mother became Jehovah's Witness, and two years later her grandmother joined her. From childhood, the boy was interested in spiritual questions: will God eliminate all evil, and most importantly, death? He was especially touched by the biblical promise of the resurrection of the dead and the possibility of seeing his father again in the future. This prompted him to become a Christian.
In his free time, Yegor plays the synthesizer, burns wood, writes poetry. He tries to master different types of construction tools, as he has to take care of a private house and make repairs himself. Another hobby is cooking.
When Yegor ended up in jail, his mother was left without the support of her son. Yegor himself has heart problems.
Relatives who do not share Yegor's religious convictions do not understand why a calm and affable young man, ready to lend a helping hand at any moment, was recognized as an extremist. Yegor's uncle, Sergey Kuznetsov, was also convicted on similar charges.