Updated: June 20, 2024
Name: Kabanov Aleksandr Alekseyevich
Date of Birth: August 16, 1960
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility


On December 26, 2019, law enforcement officers conducted a series of searches in the homes of believers in Zelenogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Territory, after which at least 8 people went for interrogation. Aleksandr Kabanov spent the day in the temporary detention facility. What do we know about him?

Alexander was born in August 1960 in the city of Kansk. The parents are no longer alive. He has a brother and sister. As a child, he liked to ski in winter and fishing in summer. After graduating from school, he got a job in a boiler room and worked there for 12 years. Now he works as an operator of complex cleaning of the territory.

After the death of Alexander's mother, questions began to torment: what happens to a person when he dies? Is he in hell? Why does God allow suffering? He found answers to these important questions in life, as well as comfort and hope, in the Bible. He decided to become a Christian and live according to what is written in this wise book.

Later he moved to the city of Zaozerny, then to the closed administrative-territorial unit Zelenogorsk. Single. There are adult children who already have their own families.

Although Aleksandr's family does not share his beliefs, they believe that his criminal prosecution because of his faith is an unfortunate legal error that needs to be corrected as soon as possible.

Case History

Siberian Aleksandr Kabanov faced criminal prosecution for believing in God at the end of December 2019. Then a series of searches took place in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Zelenogorsk. The believer spent a day behind bars, after which he was released. He was accused of “holding weekly religious meetings, distributing religious… attitudes and the involving of new adherents”, which the investigator of the Investigative Committee equated with participation in the activities of an extremist organization. The case has been pending in court since February 2021. The result of the first trial was a guilty verdict - 2 years suspended. However, the appeal overturned this decision and returned the case to the prosecutor. A new trial began in June 2023 and ended with another return of the case to the prosecutor’s office. This time, the appellate court did not agree with such a decision - the case was sent for yet another consideration in the city court.