Updated: May 24, 2024
Name: Loskutov Aleksey Aleksandrovich
Date of Birth: February 4, 1978
Current status: charges withdrawn
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)

Biography

On February 10, 2020, law enforcement officers conducted 50 searches in Transbaikalia. This also affected the family of Alexei Loskutov. What do we know about him?

Alexey was born in 1978 in Chita. He has a younger sister. Like many children, he loved to ride a bicycle and was fond of volleyball during his school years. From childhood, his parents instilled in him a love of knowledge, and he graduated from school with a gold medal.

In 2000, he graduated with honors from Chita State University and entered graduate school to get a degree. He worked as a teacher at the Trans-Baikal Institute of Railway Transport, and more recently as a technologist at Russian Railways.

In 1999 he married Elena, whom he had known since childhood. The couple have two daughters. The eldest graduated from school with two gold medals and is now mastering the profession of interior designer. The youngest daughter is also an excellent student. In addition to her main studies, she attends an art school and dreams of becoming a photographer. The family loves to spend time with friends and travel.

Since 2003, Elena has been interested in Bible teachings. Later, Alexei joined her in studying this book. They recall how it had a positive effect on the atmosphere in their family: "It was then that we began to treat each other in a special way." Alexei was convinced of the reliability of the Bible by the amazing honesty of its writers - they frankly wrote not only about their own mistakes, but also about the sad experience of their people.

Faced with a search and criminal prosecution, the whole family feels vulnerable. They had a fear of re-intrusion into the home. Due to the stress experienced, it became difficult for Elena to perform even simple chores around the house. They, along with their eldest daughter, are forced to take sedatives.

Alexey's parents do not share his religious beliefs, but they love him, his daughter-in-law and grandchildren very much. They are frightened and very worried about the unfair persecution of these peaceful, kind people.

Case History

Vladimir Ermolaev, Aleksandr Putintsev, Sergey Kirilyuk and Igor Mamalimov faced prosecution for their faith in 2020, when security forces carried out 50 searches in Chita and other cities in Transbaikalia. During the raid, several believers were detained and two were tortured. Mamalimov, Kirilyuk and Ermolaev were placed in a temporary detention facility, where they spent several days. At some point, four more believers were suspects in the case, but their criminal prosecution was discontinued. For holding peaceful religious services, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation accused Ermolaev, Putintsev, Mamalimov and Kirilyuk of organizing the activity of an extremist organization. Despite the fact that there were no victims in the case and there was no evidence of crimes against the state and the individual, in 2022 the court sentenced Vladimir Ermolaev, Aleksandr Putintsev and Igor Mamalimov to imprisonment in a penal colony for 6 to 6.5 years, and Sergey Kirilyuk - to 6 years suspended. The court of appeal upheld this verdict. The courts of appeal and cassation did not change this verdict.