In April 2019, in the city of Porkhov, security officers broke into the homes of believers with searches. Alexei Khabarov was accused of extremism. After several years of proceedings, during which he was first sentenced to a suspended sentence, then fully acquitted, but eventually sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, the believer ended up behind bars.
Alexey was born in 1975 in the village of Burtsevskaya, Arkhangelsk Region. He has a younger brother. Since childhood, Alexei loved fishing, in which a significant role was played by the fact that his father worked all his life as a fish protection inspector. Alexey grew up as an athletic child: he was fond of football and athletics, participated in district and regional competitions, and received school certificates.
Aleksey graduated from the Pedagogical University as a teacher of labor and drawing. However, in 1997, due to the difficult economic situation, he went to work in a bakery, where he was a handyman, watchman and freight forwarder. In the following years, he worked as a sales representative in a printing house, and then was engaged in construction and repair.
In his free time, Alexey likes to organize friends' weddings and joint trips to nature, go mushroom picking, and also does not forget to keep himself in good physical shape.
For many years, Alexei was worried about the transience of life. While serving in the army, he began to think about the questions: what is the meaning of life? What does the future hold for people? His spiritual quest led him to study the Bible. As a result, he found meaning in life, in 2000 he became a Christian.
In 2008, Alexey moved to the city of Severodvinsk, and three years later to Porkhov.
Although the parents do not share their son's religious views, they worry about him and do not understand why he is being persecuted.