Updated: June 20, 2024
Name: Kuzichkin Nikolay Nikolayevich
Date of Birth: February 28, 1951
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility, 194 day in a pre-trial detention, 240 day Under house arrest
Sentence: penalty of 1 year and 1 month of imprisonment; release from punishment in connection with the actual service


On October 10, 2019, groups of armed special forces broke down doors, broke through a balcony and searched the apartments of dozens of Sochi residents. Thus, the security forces from the Rostov and Volgograd regions acted against those who believe in God differently from others. As a result of the raid, Nikolay Kuzichkin was detained and sent to a pre-trial detention center. He spent more than six months behind bars, which critically affected his already poor health.

Nikolay was born in 1951 in the Kostroma region. As a child, he loved to play hockey. After school, he graduated from a music school and began working as a piano tuner. In addition to his main job, he is fond of breeding bees.

Nikolay lived in St. Petersburg and Sochi. His wife's name is Olga, they raised three sons together.

Since the early 1990s, Nikolay has become seriously interested in the Bible and has developed a deep respect for this book. He was impressed by the Bible prophecies, the fulfillment of which he could witness with his own eyes.

Relatives and friends of Nicholas still cannot believe what happened. The wife does not share his beliefs, but does not understand how a peaceful person can be persecuted. Despite the absence of victims and real evidence of guilt, on December 18, 2020, the court sentenced Nikolai to imprisonment for 1 year and 1 month. Since the believer had already served this term in a pre-trial detention center, he was released on the day of the sentence.

Case History

In October 2019, special services conducted 36 raids in the Krasnodar Territory, during which Nikolay Kuzichkin and Vyacheslav Popov were detained. Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Krasnodar Territory accuses believers of convening and conducting worship services. Judge Nikolay Shevelev decided to detain both men for their convictions. Despite the rapidly deteriorating health, elderly Nikolay Kuzichkin was left in a pre-trial detention center, which was a serious threat to his life for six months. Vyacheslav’s large family was also going through difficult times when the head of the family was in custody and could not take care of his relatives. Judge of the Khostinsky District Court of Sochi, Yuriy Pilipenko, found the believers guilty of organizing the activities of an extremist organization and sentenced Nikolay to imprisonment for 1 year and 1 month, and Vyacheslav — 1 year and 10 months. Since the believers had already served these terms in a pre-trial detention center, they were released on December 18 and 29, 2020, respectively.