On October 24, 2019, in Novozybkov, law enforcers threw two believers into a pre-trial detention center just because of their religion. One of them is 42-year-old Vladimir Khokhlov.
Vladimir was born in April 1977 in Novozybkov. He has a younger sister. In his youth, he was seriously fond of soccer and played for the city national team. He graduated from the Agricultural College as a mechanical technician.
After his military service, he worked in the construction industry. Lately, he has been working in the security service at the TB dispensary. In his spare time, he also plays soccer, fishes and plays guitar.
Vladimir has always loved to read, and when a friend advised him to get to know the Bible better, he took up its study with great interest. The new knowledge deeply touched his heart, helped him to abandon bad habits and begin to live according to Christian commandments.
In 2007, Vladimir married Olga. A year later they had a daughter, Anastasiya. In summer the family likes to play volleyball, and in winter to go skating.
At 6:15 a.m. on October 24, 2019 Vladimir was at work when his daughter called and screamed: "Dad, we are being searched!" When he arrived home, he was met by men with automatic rifles, wearing bulletproof vests and masks. There were also three investigators and two witnesses in the apartment. During the search, electronic devices and personal belongings were seized from the family. The operative, having found his daughter's diary, loudly read out the deeply personal experiences described there. Then Vladimir was taken to the investigation committee for questioning, arrested and thrown to jail, where he spent more than 10 months. The believer was only released from detention after his conviction, as he had already served his time in the pre-trial detention facility.
The criminal prosecution had a bad effect on Vladimir's health. Because of stress, he suffered a hypertensive crisis. The relatives sincerely do not understand what crime this honest and decent man was convicted for.