Updated: June 14, 2024
Name: Shpakovskiy Gennadiy Valerianovich
Date of Birth: October 6, 1958
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1), 282.3 (1)
Time spent in prison: 55 day in a pre-trial detention
Sentence: punishment in the form of 6 years 6 months of imprisonment with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to the management and participation in the work of public religious organizations for a period of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year; The sentence of imprisonment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 2 years
Currently held in: Detention Centre No.1 for Pskov Region
Address for correspondence: Shpakovskiy Gennadiy Valerianovich, 1958 born, Detention Centre No.1 UFSIN of Russia for Pskov Region, ul. Nekrasova, 39, Pskov, Pskov Region, 180000


Gennadiy Valerianovich Shpakovskiy was born in 1958 in the village. Krasny Yar (Volgograd region). He grew up in Sumgait (Azerbaijan), where his mother and younger brother still live.

Gennadiy was the eldest child in the family. His life was normal for a teenager in those years. He was actively involved in sports, especially volleyball. When he turned 14, he entered the Nevinomyssk Chemical and Mechanical College. Having received a working profession, he successfully worked as an apparatus operator for oxidative roasting at one of the chemical plants of the Krasnodar Territory. And in 1984 he moved to the Murmansk region. There, in Snezhnogorsk, he worked as a mechanic-repairman and electric and gas welder. From 2003 to the present, Gennadiy Valerianovich is an electric and gas welder. Until now, his hobbies include sports, primarily chess.

Gennadiy is married. They have been married to Tatiana for more than a quarter of a century. They met in the distant 1990s in Severomorsk due to their common passion for sports. Tatiana graduated from the Irkutsk College of Physical Education, then continued her education in her specialty at the Krasnodar Institute of Physical Education. She worked as a trainer, physical education teacher, was the chairman of the Severomorsk city council of the DSO trade unions. And for the soul, she was successfully engaged in drawing, so she can be safely called an amateur artist. Since January 26, 1991 (this is the date of their marriage), Tatyana and Gennadiy are always together.

“My wife and I fell in love with the Bible at the same time,” says Gennadiy Shpakovskiy. “The most convincing thing for me was the logical explanation of all life processes. And Tanya was looking for the truth for a long time, and the teachings set forth in this book were able to provide answers to exciting and vital questions. "

Gennadiy and Tatiana have a daughter, Maria. This is a sociable, kind and creative nature. She loves to dance, sing, paint, make gifts with her own hands. From an early age Masha absorbed the love of her parents for the Bible. "Since childhood, I have seen the sincere love and support of fellow believers, I saw the example of my parents and I was convinced that the Bible can really help in solving any problems."

In 2011, after his younger sister died, Gennadiy moved with his family closer to the south to Pskov. In 2018, with the support of the armed Rosgvardia, a series of searches were conducted in the homes of peaceful Pskov residents, including Gennadiy's. Two years later, a believer was sentenced to a record-breaking at that time 6.5-year prison sentence for extremism . However, a higher court softened the sentence and replaced it with a suspended sentence.

"Such persecution was expected," Tatyana says, "but it happened suddenly for us anyway... We try to support each other, and we are grateful to our brothers and sisters in faith, who encourage us".

Case History

Since the beginning of 2018, 60-year-old Gennady Shpakovsky has been under surveillance. In the summer of the same year, the Investigative Department of the FSB Directorate for the Pskov Region opened a criminal case against a peaceful believer. In June, the Pskov FSB, with the support of the armed National Guard, conducted a series of searches of local believers, including Gennady. He was accused of organizing and financing extremist activities. After 2 years of investigations and trials, the judge of the Pskov City Court, Galina Belik, sentenced Shpakovsky to 6.5 years in prison, although there were no victims in the case. One of the prosecution witnesses appealed to the judge with a request: “Please do not punish him severely, because he is not guilty of anything!” On August 3, 2020, the Court of Appeal replaced the prison term with a suspended sentence.