Biblical truths once greatly affected Sergey Belousov, a civilian resident of Seversk. Faith in God helped him find meaning in life, but now it has become a pretext for criminal prosecution. In March 2021, law enforcement officers notified the believer that a criminal case had been opened against him.
Sergey was born in March 1978 in the small town of Esil (Kazakhstan) into a family of musicians. Sergey has an older brother. Their mother is a piano teacher, and their father is a piano and accordion teacher.
As a child, Sergey attended the sports sections of sambo and boxing. After school, he came to study at the Tomsk Instrument-Making College, where he received a specialty in electronics engineering. Later Sergey graduated from Tomsk Polytechnic University. For 10 years he worked at a petrochemical plant as an electrician, group leader, site manager, and later as a designer at a design institute.
In 1997, while studying at a technical school, Sergey met his future wife Svetlana, who was studying to be a software engineer. They got married 2 years later. The spouses enjoy ice skating and outdoor recreation in their free time. Sergei also loves football and playing the guitar, and Svetlana is engaged in needlework - knitting, sewing, and also riding a bicycle.
In 2001, Sergey first met Jehovah's Witnesses, who helped him find answers in the Bible to questions that worried him. After some time, Sergey's wife joined the study of the Holy Scriptures, because she had always believed in God and considered the Bible to be a special book. She soon became a Christian too.
In 2000, the couple had a daughter. She was raised as a believer. She enjoys playing the piano and guitar, as well as creativity and foreign language studies.
The criminal prosecution negatively affected the physical and emotional health of Sergey and his family: it deprived them of peace, they are not left with a feeling of constant surveillance. “Every knock on the door gives rise to anxiety, as the feelings experienced during the search are recalled,” says Sergey. In addition, the believer's chronic diseases have worsened: headaches have become more frequent, there are sudden surges in pressure and sleep disturbances. Sergey's daughters began to have nightmares.
Sergey's relatives are very worried about him and his family. They just cannot understand how in the 21st century a person who is trying to lead a highly moral lifestyle can be persecuted for believing in God and labeled an "extremist" on him.