On February 15, 2019, mass searches were carried out in the homes of believers in Surgut. This was followed by beatings and torture of at least 7 believers. Among others, Savely Gargalyk reported torture. What is known about him?
Savely was born in 1960 in the village of Avdarma, Moldavian SSR. He has an older brother and a younger sister. As a child, he was engaged in freestyle wrestling and athletics. He worked as a machine operator, livestock technician, carpenter. Now retired, has a disability. In his spare time, he takes care of the flowers in the garden.
In 1986, Savely moved from Moldova to Surgut and in the same year married Olga, an X-ray technician by profession. The couple love to go to the forest together to pick mushrooms. They have two daughters, the youngest is still in school.
Savely's relatives are well aware of the words of Christ that if they persecuted him, they will persecute his disciples, so they support and encourage Savely as best they can.
In February 2019, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against 18 men and 1 woman from Surgut (among them was a man mistaken for a Jehovah’s Witness). Their homes were searched. During the interrogations, 7 believers were subjected to violence. Artur Severinchik was sent to a pre-trial detention center for 29 days, and Yevgeny Fedin and Sergey Loginov - for 56. Timofey Zhukov was illegally placed in a psychiatric hospital for 14 days. Believers complained about the use of torture to the Investigative Committee, the ECHR and the Commissioner for Human Rights, a press conference was held with the participation of human rights defenders, but none of the security forces was ever brought to justice. In October 2021, the case materials were submitted to the court. The prosecutor requested imprisonment for the defendants for a term of 3 years and 3 months to 8.5 years in prison, and for Loginov - 9.5 years, which was the most severe request for punishment for believing in Jehovah God in modern Russia.