Updated: April 15, 2024
Name: Aksenov Yevgeniy Anatoliyevich
Date of Birth: June 19, 1967
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Sentence: punishment in the form of 2 years of imprisonment with restriction of liberty for a term of 6 months; The sentence of imprisonment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 2 years


52-year-old Yevgeny Aksyonov from Khabarovsk was accused of meeting with friends in the spring of 2018 in the conference room of the hotel for a joint Bible reading. Because of this, a criminal case was opened against him on July 24, 2019. On February 18, 2020, the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Khabarovsk found the believer guilty of extremist activity.

Yevgeny was born in 1967 in Khabarovsk. The parents are no longer alive. He was the only child in the family. As a child, he was fond of freestyle wrestling, music and poetry. After school, he received the profession of a fourth-class cook. He works as a driver. He lived in Uzbekistan for some time, but then decided to return to his hometown. In his spare time, he likes to ride a bike, spend time in nature, fish and pick mushrooms.

Nelly met his future wife at work, and in 2002 they got married. Eugene and Nelly have always appreciated the spiritual side of life, so they decided to get to know the Bible better. Impressed by her wisdom, as well as the sincerity of those who live by her, Eugene began to change for the better. The family has become more cohesive, love and mutual understanding reign in it.

Eugene and Nelly are raising a son and a daughter, to whom they tried to instill a love of God from childhood. Together they read, walk and go to rest on the sea.

Relatives and friends of the spouses were very worried about the absurd criminal case against Yevgeny. They continue to support and encourage the family during this difficult time for them.

Case History

Yevgeny Aksyonov is the father of two minor children, an employee of the Khabarovsk water utility. In April 2018, he gave a speech in a conference room about faith in Jehovah and the value of the Bible’s commandments to strengthen marriage. The investigation considered it a “socially dangerous crime.” The experts involved found in Aksyonov’s words signs that he was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which the believer never hid. The case is based on the testimony of a secret witness, as well as a video recording of the worship service. Despite the fact that there is not a single victim in the case, on February 18, 2020, Judge Tatyana Kalganova from the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Khabarovsk sentenced the believer to 2 years of suspended imprisonment with restriction of liberty for 6 months. The Court of Appeal and the Court of Cassation upheld the verdict.