Valentin Pavlovich Osadchuk was born on 15 March 1976 in the village of Torgovitsa (Ukraine, Kirovograd Region). He is a citizen of Russia; an individual entrepreneur. He worked as a sales manager; he has proven himself to be an honest, proactive and hardworking employee. Valentin is a loving son. Before his arrest he cared for his elderly mother, who lives in Ukraine, providing for her materially. He likes to read professional literature with the aim of self-improvement. His favourite kind of relaxation is to be close to nature.
Valentin was baptised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1998. Even though his sister Tatyana and her husband do not share his religious beliefs, they describe him as a person who exemplifies how to live. They were the first to help when he was arrested; they hired a lawyer, expressed readiness to provide bail if the court were to select bail as a preventive measure instead of pre-trial detention. They are deeply worried about what is happening.
Valentin was Detained since 19 April 2018 and was charged under Article 282.2 of the Russian Criminal Code — “participating in an extremism community”. His relatives and friends understand that the real reason is his religious beliefs, which in fact do not allow him to participate in any form of extremism.