Updated: May 19, 2024
Name: Yermilov Sergey Nikolayevich
Date of Birth: July 20, 1967
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 141 day in a pre-trial detention, 375 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 6 years 3 months, with serving a sentence in a penal colony of general regime, and with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in the work of public organizations for a term of 4 years 6 months, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 13 in Sverdlovsk Region
Address for correspondence: Yermilov Sergey Nikolayevich, born 1967, IK No. 13 in Sverdlovsk Region, ul. Kulibina, 61, g. Nizhniy Tagil, Sverdlovsk Region, Russia, 622013.

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In October 2019, a criminal case was opened in Blagoveshchensk for faith against Sergey Yermilov, and in July 2021, his wife, Valentina, was also accused of extremism.

Sergey was born in 1967 in the Kurgan region. He has a brother and an elderly mother, his father has already died. Since childhood, Sergey loves sports, so he entered a physical education college. After graduation, he worked for some time as a school teacher.

From 1985 to 2012, Sergey served as a senior warrant officer of the border troops of the FSB of the Russian Federation. He lived in the city of Shimanovsk, Amur Region, then moved to Blagoveshchensk, where he received an apartment. Since 2012, he has been a military pensioner by seniority.

Since 1995, Sergey has been married to Valentina, they have a son, Anton. Valentina was the first to become interested in the Bible, having learned from it that God loves people. Over time, Sergey was also fascinated by this book, especially the hope for a wonderful future contained in it. In 2013, he firmly decided to live in harmony with the Christian commandments.

Criminal prosecution has a negative impact on the life of this peaceful family. Valentina is forced to take medication to cope with stress. All bank cards of the family, including the one through which Sergey received his pension, are blocked.

Case History

In July 2018, searches were carried out at 7 addresses in Blagoveshchensk as part of a criminal case against local believers. A little over a year later, Obukhov, an investigator of the FSB Directorate for the Amur Region, opened a criminal case against Anton Olshevskiy and Sergey Yermilov on suspicion of participating in extremist activities. In September 2020, Adam Svarichevsky, Sergey Afanasyev and Sergey Kardakov also became defendants in this case (his house was searched). In March 2021, the charges against believers were changed: all five were accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization, and Afanasyev was also accused of financing it. In September 2021, the case of the believers went to court. A year and two months later, the court found the believers guilty of extremism and sentenced Afanasiyev to 6.5 years, Kardakov to 6 years and 4 months, and Yermilov, Olshevsky and Svarichevsky to 6 years and 3 months in prison. The appeal and cassation upheld the verdict.