Updated: March 2, 2024
Name: Burylov Boris Ivanovich
Date of Birth: April 8, 1941
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 2 years 6 months with restriction of liberty for a term of 10 months; The main punishment in the form of imprisonment is considered suspended with a probationary period of 3 years

Biography

In 2018, the Investigation Department of the FSB opened a criminal case against peaceful pensioner Boris Burylov. For more than three years, together with 4 other believers from Perm, he defended his good name in the courts. In 2021, the court found Boris Ivanovich guilty of participating in the activities of an extremist organization and sentenced him to 2.5 years of suspended imprisonment.

Boris Burylov was born in 1941 in Sevastopol. During the war, his family was evacuated to the Perm region. Childhood was difficult, I had to work a lot on a par with adults. Boris graduated from a technical school and an institute, received the specialty of an agronomist. He says: "My total work experience is 45 years, during which I was awarded certificates of honor and gratitude, without a single penalty."

Boris Ivanovich remembered that as a child, his mother read him passages from the Holy Scriptures, and they impressed him. After his mother's death, he read all the Gospels on his own, dreaming of reading the entire Bible, but he could not find it on sale. It was only in the 1990s that this dream came true. Then the study of the Bible became an integral part of Boris's life.

In the summer, Boris Ivanovich spends time at the dacha, caring for the garden, and in the winter he reads a lot. For people who know him, it is surprising that this respected and peace-loving man was sentenced to probation for extremism. Speaking in court, Boris Ivanovich emphasized: "Jehovah's Witnesses, including myself, are benevolent, hardworking, God-fearing, peace-loving people. We respect all state authorities... Any extremism and terrorism are condemned by the Bible, and are unacceptable for me."

Case history

In September 2018, searches were carried out in the homes of believers in Perm and surrounding cities. After three days in the temporary detention facility, Igor Turik and Viktor Kuchkov were placed under house arrest. Shortly before that, the FSB opened a criminal case against them and Boris Burylov. As it turned out, the special services tapped their phones and conducted covert surveillance. Later, 2 more defendants appeared in the case - Alexander Inozemtsev and Yuri Vaag. Turik and Kuchkov spent more than three months under house arrest. In December 2020, the case was submitted to the Industrial District Court of Perm for consideration by Judge Viktor Podyniglazov. In April 2021, the prosecutor requested 9 years in prison for Turik, 7 years in prison for Burylov and Kuchkov, and 4 years in prison for Vaag and Inozemtsev. In May 2021, the court sentenced the believers to suspended sentences ranging from 2.5 to 7 years. In August 2021, the appeal upheld the verdict, and 9 months later, the cassation approved this decision.