On January 21, 2019, Aleksey Berchuk was detained at one of the Moscow airports. He was charged with organizing extremist activities, after which he was forced to return to Blagoveshchensk together with an FSB investigator.
Aleksey was born in 1975 in the city of Kartaly (Chelyabinsk region), later lived in Saransk, Blagoveshchensk and other cities. The only son in the family. Aleksey loved sports since childhood, especially hockey. He was also fond of wrestling and boxing. However, in the 1990s, after reading the Bible on his own several times, he changed his hobbies to more peaceful ones. He loves to play football with friends. In 2008, Aleksey got married. He worked in the field of construction and finishing works.
The criminal case against the believer was considered in court for more than a year. On June 30, 2021, judge Tatyana Studilko set a new record for the cruelty of a sentence to peaceful believers. She sentenced Aleksey to 8 years in prison in a general regime colony for singing and praying to Jehovah God.