Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Kopytov Mikhail Viktorovich
Date of Birth: November 19, 1967
Current status: suspect
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)


The usual way of life of one of the families in Kaliningrad was violated when in the summer of 2020 the armed forces knocked on their door. The authorities suspected former sailor Mikhail Kopytov of extremist activities only because of his religious beliefs.

Mikhail was born in November 1967 in Krasny Hill (Tver region). He has a sister. As a child, he liked moving games. He liked to ride a bicycle, and was also fond of motorcycles. After school, he entered the Higher Naval School. Until 1996, he served in the Navy.

Mikhail met his future wife Olga as a student in 1989, and a year later they got married. 5 years later Olga discovered the simplicity and logic of biblical truths. She told her husband what she learned. The practicality and relevance of the biblical advice prompted Mikhail to become a Christian too. In 1996, he left the service and dedicated his life to serving God.

The spouses have a daughter. Like her mother, she works to maintain cleanliness and order in the streets of the city. She is fond of learning foreign languages. The family loves to spend time together, especially in nature. Mikhail likes to pick mushrooms, to fish, to go hiking.

In the summer of 2020, the family experienced severe stress when their home was searched. Their impeccable reputation among their neighbors was damaged because of what happened, and their relatives do not understand why they pursue these peaceful hardworking people. Mikhail and his relatives do not leave feeling that they are constantly being watched and overheard.