Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Alushkin Vladimir Aleksandrovich
Date of Birth: June 30, 1964
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 289 day in a pre-trial detention, 333 day Under house arrest
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 4 years with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in public religious organizations for a term of 2 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year, a sentence of imprisonment is considered conditional, with a probationary period of 3 years


On July 15, 2018, Vladimir Alushkin was arrested in his own apartment in Penza. A criminal case against him under Article 282.2 (part 1) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation was initiated a few days earlier. What is known about this man?

Vladimir was born in 1964 in the city of Salavat (Bashkortostan) in a working-class family. As a child, he often went with his parents to the mountains and nature, went in for swimming. Later he moved to Penza, in 1986 he graduated from the Faculty of Radio Electronics of the Penza Polytechnic Institute. While working at a research institute, he married Tatyana, who worked as a programmer.

In 1995, Vladimir became interested in the Bible, noticing its beneficial effect on his wife Tatiana. Thanks to this, he found answers to many questions that worried him. This is a friendly and close-knit Christian family. But in July 2018, the life of the Alushkins changed dramatically - security forces burst into their apartment with machine guns at the ready, searched and arrested Vladimir.

His family, neighbors and work colleagues were shocked by this treatment of a peaceful person. They conveyed to the court positive characteristics of Vladimir as a kind, sympathetic, decent and conflict-free person. His friends sincerely hoped that the absurd accusations of extremism would be dropped.

However, on December 13, 2019, the Leninsky District Court of Penza, chaired by Judge Roman Tanchenko, sentenced Vladimir Alushkin to 6 years in a real colony only for his faith in God. Tatyana Alushkina received a two-year suspended sentence. The lawyers appealed the verdict.

Case History

In July 2018, searches were carried out in Penza and criminal cases were initiated against 6 local Jehovah’s Witnesses. It turned out that since the fall of 2017, the believers had been under covert surveillance. Vladimir Alushkin spent six months in a pre-trial detention center. The UN Working Group officially recognized his arrest as arbitrary. In the summer of 2019, the case was submitted to the Leninsky District Court of Penza. During the hearings, it turned out that the protocols of the witnesses’ interrogations were partially falsified by the investigation, and one of the witnesses told the court that she had testified under pressure. In December 2019, Judge Roman Tanchenko sentenced Vladimir Alushkin to 6 years in prison, and Tatyana Alushkina, Galia Olkhova, Vladimir Kulyasov, Andrey Magliv and Denis Timoshin to 2 years suspended. In September 2020, the Penza Regional Court commuted the sentence of Vladimir Alushkin, replacing 6 years in prison with 4 years probation. For the rest, the court upheld the sentence - 2 years suspended. On December 9, 2021, the First Court of Cassation of General Jurisdiction upheld the verdict.