Updated: June 14, 2024
Name: Mamalimov Igor Rafitovich
Date of Birth: November 25, 1976
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 106 day in a pre-trial detention, 634 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 6 years with serving a sentence in a correctional colony of general regime, with deprivation of the right to engage in leadership activities in public organizations for a term of 6 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year
Currently held in: Medical Penal Facility No. 34
Address for correspondence: Mamalimov Igor Rafitovich, born 1976, FKU LIU-34 UFSIN of Russia in Republic of Khakassia, g. Chernogorsk, p. Prigorsk, Republic of Khakassia, Russia, 655156

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On February 10, 2020, one of the most massive raids on the homes of civilians took place in Chita and several districts of the Trans-Baikal Territory. On that day, security forces raided 50 houses of believers. Among them is the family of Igor Mamalimov.

Igor was born in 1976 in the Ilishevsky district of Bashkortostan. A year later, a daughter appeared in the family, and later the youngest son, Pavel, was born. Parents kept a large farm, so children from an early age helped to cultivate the land and take care of livestock. In winter, Igor liked to ski or skate. Thanks to his grandfather, he fell in love with music and mastered playing the accordion himself.

After school, Igor entered the Chita Industrial and Pedagogical College, but after a year of study he was drafted into the army. After completing the service, he completed his studies, having received the specialties of a mechanic, turner, locksmith, acquired the rights of a tractor driver. Later he received a work permit in security and worked as a security guard for some time. He also worked in the field of cargo transportation. Recently, he worked part-time as a stove-mason and was engaged in car repair.

In the early 2000s, Igor became seriously ill, around the same time his younger sister died in a car accident. These events prompted him to think about God and matters of life and death. Igor prayed to God and found answers to these questions in the Bible. Studying this book also helped him overcome bad habits.

In 2007, Igor married Natalya, who shared his newfound values. Over time, the couple had three children. Natalia devotes a lot of time to their upbringing, so Igor is the sole breadwinner of the family.

The criminal prosecution affected the emotional and physical state of the family: during the search, the children were very frightened and very worried about their father, there was fear and distrust of people. Therefore, Igor and Natalia try to pay more attention to them. Igor's mother is very worried about her son, these experiences affected her health.

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.