Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Klikunov Sergey Aleksandrovich
Date of Birth: April 20, 1975
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1), 282.3 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 630 day in a pre-trial detention, 870 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of 8 years of imprisonment, with the imposition of additional penalties in the form of deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to the management and participation in the work of public organizations, for a period of 5 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year, with serving a sentence in a correctional colony of general regime
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 8 in Republic of Tatarstan
Address for correspondence: Klikunov Sergey Aleksandrovich, born 1975, IK No. 8 in the Republic of Tatarstan, ul. Bazovaya, 26, g. Almetyevsk, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, 423455

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On the morning of June 2020, a series of searches were carried out in Astrakhan with the participation of more than a hundred security officials who invaded the apartments of local Jehovah's Witnesses. Several criminal cases were initiated for their faith, Sergey Klikunov was sent to jail. In October 2021, the court handed down a severe sentence to the believer — 8 years in a general regime colony.

Sergey was born in 1975 in Astrakhan. He has a younger brother Dmitriy. As a child, Sergey was fond of fishing. After school, he served in the army and began to work — he worked as a railroad worker, welder, assembler of metal structures, boiler room operator.

Sergey is married to Irina, they have two adult daughters. In his free time, Sergey still enjoys fishing and playing the guitar.

“By nature, I was a calm person, kind, but I could flare up over trifles when they hurt, even led to quarrels. And when I drank, at some point I became aggressive and uncontrollable. All this caused a lot of problems for me, and my environment, and my family,” says Sergey about the time when he was not yet Jehovah's Witness.

Over time, the couple became interested in Bible teachings. Sergey notes: “I overcame bad habits and began to treat alcohol in moderation. I no longer had breakdowns and drunken scandals. Also, in character, I became softer, more compliant, began to show self-control, to control my temper and irritability. " The knowledge from the Holy Scriptures touched his heart so deeply that in 2007 he embarked on the path of a Christian.

The criminal prosecution deprived the family of the only breadwinner.

Case History

In June 2020, the investigation in Astrakhan initiated a criminal case against Sergey Klikunov, Rustam Diarov, Yevgeniy Ivanov and his wife, Olga, under an article for extremism. A series of searches took place the next day. After that, the four believers were placed in custody. Three days later, Olga Ivanova was placed under house arrest. From June 2021, the case against the believers was heard in court. The court sentenced Yevgeniy, Sergey and Rustam to 8 years in a penal colony, and Olga to 3.5 years imprisonment. The court of appeal upheld this decision in February 2022, and 10 months later, the court of cassation even toughened the punishment, banning the believers from leaving Astrakhan after serving their sentence. In June 2024, Olga Ivanova was released.