Anatoly Gezik, together with his wife, Irina , became a defendant in a criminal case for extremism in December 2019. In November 2022, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to 4 years and 2 months of forced labor just because of his faith.
Anatoliy was born in 1967 in the village of Nezlobnaya, Stavropol Territory. There were two children in his family.
As a child, Anatoliy was fond of football. After school, he graduated from the College of Agricultural Mechanization in Georgievsk with a degree in mechanical engineering.
For some time Anatoliy worked in a colony for juveniles. Here he began to ask questions: what awaits these young people in the future and what is the meaning of life in general? He found answers to his questions in the Bible, which he began to study in the late 1990s.
In 1996, Anatoliy met his future wife, Irina, and in 1997 they got married. The couple love doing everything together—relaxing, travelling to the mountains; they both got jobs at the same reinforcement plant, where Anatoliy worked at a milling machine. They also care for Anatoliy's mother together.
As a result of the criminal prosecution, Anatoliy began to have serious health problems.
Anatoliy's mother, as well as friends and neighbors of the couple, are concerned about what happened, because, according to them, they "have known Anatoly and Irina for decades and can only say good about them".