Updated: April 19, 2024
Name: Moiseyev Nikita Valeriyevich
Date of Birth: March 26, 1990
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility, 893 day in a pre-trial detention, 456 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 7 years of imprisonment with serving in a correctional colony of general regime, with deprivation of the right to engage in organizational activities in public and religious associations and organizations, for a period of 5 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 3 in Ulyanovsk Region
Address for correspondence: Moiseyev Nikita Valeriyevich, born 1990, born 1952, IK No 3 in Ulyanovsk Region, ul. Osypenko, 22, g. Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk Region, Russia, 433502

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In August 2020, a series of searches took place in the homes of peaceful believers in the Rostov region. One of the victims of law enforcement officers was Nikita Moiseyev, who, after the searches, was placed in a pre-trial detention center. In September 2022, the court sentenced him to 7 years in prison just because of his faith.

Nikita was born in 1990 in the village of Dinskaya, Krasnodar Territory. As a child, he was fond of football and playing musical instruments, especially the guitar. Having received a secondary technical education, for some time he worked in his specialty— as an electrician, and was also engaged in the construction of frame houses. Recently, Nikita worked as a repairman for washing machines and refrigerators.

Even at a young age, Nikita began to study the Bible and made a conscious decision to worship God. In 2010, he opted for alternative civilian service instead of military service. The believer was sent to Gelendzhik, where for two years he worked as an electrician in a children's sanatorium. There, in 2011, Nikita met his future wife Sofiya. After 2 years, they got married and moved to the city of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region.

Sofiya is an accountant by profession and enjoys photography. Like Nikita, she became interested in spiritual matters at an early age and was impressed by how God answered her prayers and by the unity and love among Christians. Spouses love to sing together with the guitar, play chess, read classical literature, are fond of foreign cuisine.

Nikita's father-in-law, who did not share his son-in-law's religious views, was agitated and dejected by what had happened and supported him, was present at the trials in a criminal case. Assistance to the Moiseyev family was also offered by Nikita's clients, who wondered how it was possible to accuse such a kind, sympathetic and calm person of any crime.

Case History

In August 2020 the security forces conducted searches in the homes of residents of Gukovo. The Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case against Aleksey Dyadkin, Vladimir Popov, Yevgeniy Razumov, Aleksey Goreliy, Nikita Moiseyev and Oleg Shidlovskiy. These peaceful believers were accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. The men’s crime, according to the investigators, is that they “prayed and sang songs to Jehovah God.” Since August 2020 all six have been in pre-trial. As it later became known, an infiltrated FSB agent had been watching the believers for a long time. In November of 2021 the case went to trial. The testimonies of interviewed religious scholars confirmed that these men were tried only for their peaceful religious activities. In September 2022 the court sentenced Goreliy and Shidlovskiy to six-and-a-half years in a general penal colony, while the rest of the believers were sentenced to seven years. In January of 2023 the appeal court approved the verdict, and then six months later the cassational court upheld it.