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, Yevgeniy Kayryak was tortured. What is known about him?
Yevgeniy was born in 1986 in Surgut and grew up in a close-knit family with three children. After graduating from school, he received the professions of an accountant and an economist-manager. In 2011 he was retrained and since then he has been working as a technician in the laboratory of metals.
Yevgeny's family became acquainted with the teachings of the Bible in the mid-90s, and a few years later Yevgeniy decided to serve God. He knew from childhood that disciples of Jesus Christ were to love one another, and he did see that love among his family and friends.
In 2016, Evgeniy married Rosanna. She sings and dances well. Spouses love to spend time together, play board games, ride bicycles. Relatives are deeply worried about Yevgeniy because of everything that he had to go through.
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.