In Soviet times, Anatoliy Gorbunov's father and grandfather were declared "enemies of the people" and exiled to Siberia. In 1993, they were rehabilitated, and in 2022, the court recognized Anatoliy himself as an extremist and sentenced him to 6 years in prison only because of his faith in Jehovah God.
Anatoliy was born in August 1957 in the village of Dikanka (Ukraine). He has a younger brother. Parents worked hard to feed the family: father in a coal mine, and mother in a cultural center.
As a child, Anatoliy was fond of swimming, skiing and hockey, loved physics and mathematics. Graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Higher Command School of Air Defense Radio Electronics. He lived and worked in such places as Inta (Komi), the village of Chernaya (Nenets Autonomous Okrug), as well as in Estonia and Kazakhstan.
In 1978 Anatoliy married Galina. The marriage produced two children. From 1978 to 1983 he served in the army. After his dismissal, he moved to Krasnoyarsk with his family. Later he worked as an electrician, welder, power engineer. Now retired.
Spouses have always been interested in the question of whether God exists from the point of view of science. Having found the answer to it, in 1996 Anatoliy and Galina decided to become Christians.
A criminal case and a harsh sentence completely changed the life of the spouses. Relatives consider the persecution of Anatoliy unfair and illegal.