Updated: May 28, 2024
Name: Nikulin Georgiy Nikolayevich
Date of Birth: November 21, 1963
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2), 282.2 (1.1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 288 day in a pre-trial detention, 498 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 4 years 2 months of imprisonment in a penal colony of general regime, with restriction of liberty for 1 year 2 months
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 3 in the Republic of Mari El
Address for correspondence: Nikulin, Georgiy Nikolayevich, born 1963, IK No. 3 in the Republic of Mari El, ul. Medvedevo, 1, pos. Medvedevo, Medvedevo r-n, Republic of Mari El, Russia, 425200

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In 2019, several residents of Saransk, including Georgy Nikulin, were prosecuted for their faith. Law enforcers considered the conversations about the Bible to be participation in the activities of an extremist organization.

Georgiy was born in 1963 in the city of Rovenky (Ukraine). After school, he graduated from college with a degree in car mechanics. Subsequently, he mastered several more specialties: graphic designer, satellite communications radio technician, equipment maintenance mechanic, printing, wood carving. He worked in all these areas. Recently he worked as an electrician.

Georgy often had to move in connection with work - he lived in Zhytomyr (Ukraine), Tolyatti (Samara region) and in Yakutia. Over time, together with his wife Elena , he moved to Saransk, where the family was able to settle in their own house for the first time.

George has always loved to learn and learn something new. He was especially interested in the question of the origin of mankind. He says that when he got acquainted with the Bible and found answers to his questions in it, he "discovered a whole treasure in it and fell in love with it."

Sudden criminal prosecution and a long stay in a pre-trial detention center undermined Georgy's health. His relatives are worried and still cannot understand why this peaceful married couple is being persecuted.

Case History

In February 2019, in Saransk, the FSB opened a criminal case against three believers on suspicion of extremism. After mass searches, Vladimir Atryakhin, the father of two young children, as well as Alexander Shevchuk and Georgy Nikulin ended up in a pre-trial detention center, where they spent from 2 to 5 months. Later, 3 more defendants appeared in the case - Alexander Korolev, Elena Nikulina and Denis Antonov. The case went to court in May 2021. The defense managed to show the court several times that the declassified witness Vlasov was giving false testimony. In August 2022, the believers were convicted: Vladimir Atryakhin was sentenced to 6 years, Georgy and Yelena Nikulin — 4 years and 2 months each, and Aleksandr Shevchuk, Aleksandr Korolev and Denis Antonov — 2 years in prison. The appeal upheld the verdict. In November 2023, Aleksandr Shevchuk was released from the colony.