Updated: June 12, 2024
Name: Ganin Aleksandr Vyacheslavovich
Date of Birth: January 8, 1957
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 3 years with restriction of liberty for a term of 9 months; The sentence of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 3 years


Early in the morning in May 2019, FSB officers broke into Alexandr Ganin's house, searched and took him to a temporary detention center. The believer was accused of extremism; in October 2020, the court sentenced him to 3 years of probation only because of his faith in Jehovah God.

Alexandr was born in 1957 in the village of Ekhabi on Sakhalin Island. As a child, he loved to ride a motorcycle. After leaving school, Alexandr became a driver. Now retired, spends a lot of time in the garden, loves animals.

For more than twenty years, Alexandr has been firmly convinced that there is an Almighty Creator, and the Bible is his word. His wife Svetlana, with whom he has been married since 1980, having seen positive changes in her husband's character, also began to show an interest in the spiritual. According to relatives and friends of Alexandr, he was convicted for nothing.

Case History

In 2019, the FSB in Ulyanovsk opened a case against the Mysins and their co-religionists Zelensky, Tabakov, Ganin and Khachikyan. After the searches, they were sent to jail and later under house arrest. In addition, savings and cars worth 1.5 million rubles were seized from believers. The charge under Article 282.2 was limited to participation in “activities that included religious chanting, preaching, study of the article and prayer.” Believers were seriously worried about the repressions, Sergey Mysin, who spent 2 months behind bars, ended up in intensive care. The state prosecutor recommended that all six be sent to a general regime colony for terms ranging from 3 to 7 years, as well as confiscate the seized property and money. The court of first instance sentenced them to suspended imprisonment for terms of up to 3.5 years. The court of appeal increased the suspended sentence for Sergey Mysin by six months - up to 4 years - and left the sentences unchanged for the rest of the believers.