Updated: June 12, 2024
Name: Krupnov Petr Sergeyevich
Date of Birth: July 13, 1963
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 2 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 8 months; The sentence of imprisonment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 3 years


Pyotr Krupnov, a civilian resident of the city of Nikolsk, unexpectedly faced persecution for believing in Jehovah God: in September 2021, he and his wife Maya became defendants in a criminal case.

Pyotr Krupnov was born in July 1963 in the village of Akhmatovka, Penza region. His mother worked in a glass factory, now retired. The father is no longer alive.

Peter was the only child in the family. He liked to spend time with friends, ride a moped and a motorcycle.

In 1981, his family moved to Nikolsk.

After school, Peter received a secondary specialized education as a diamond grinder for the processing of glassware. For some time he worked at the plant as an adjuster of semi-automatic machines, then as a mechanic for the repair of steam boilers, now he works as a plumber.

Peter is fond of car and radio engineering, loves music and spending time in nature. He has an adult daughter who lives alone.

In 2002, the man decided to live according to biblical principles. He was touched by what he learned from the Holy Scriptures about the Creator and the future that he had prepared for people.

In 2008, Peter got married. His wife Maya shares her husband's religious beliefs and supports him in everything.

In spite of everything, Peter maintains good spirits and a positive attitude. He keeps in touch with family and friends who sympathize with him in connection with the persecution.

Case History

In October 2020, a criminal case was initiated against Yuriy Kim and unidentified persons for believing in God. Armed security forces raided 4 apartments of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city of Nikolsk, Penza region. To familiarize himself with the materials on the search, 60-year-old Yuri Kim had to travel 120 kilometers from home. Upon his return, he was paralyzed and lost consciousness. The ambulance doctors did not have time to save him. In September 2021, Maya and Petr Krupnov were charged with participating in extremist activities. It was based on an audio recording made by an FSB agent. A month later, hearings began in the Nikolsky District Court under the chairmanship of Judge Irina Kuznetsova. Many witnesses claimed that their preliminary testimony had been falsified. In December 2021, the court sentenced the spouses to 2 years probation and 8 months of restriction of freedom and ordered them to pay 42,000 rubles in legal costs. The appellate court upheld this decision.