Updated: April 22, 2024
Name: Severinchik Kirill Arturovich
Date of Birth: March 30, 1997
Current status: accused
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)


Kirill Severinchik from Surgut was persecuted for his faith after his father, Artur. In 2019, during mass raids by security forces on the homes of Jehovah's Witnesses, they were severely beaten. More than four years later, the young man became a defendant in a criminal case for his faith.

Kirill was born in Surgut in March 1997. He has three sisters. His father worked as a crane operator and driver, his mother as a hairdresser.

Like many boys, as a child, Kirill loved to ride a bicycle, solder, repair something. He was interested in the principles of operation of various equipment. This hobby influenced the choice of his future profession. He studied to be a locksmith for instrumentation and automation, as well as an electrician of the third category.

Since 2018, Kirill has been working as an elevator electrician. In his spare time, he studies software, including 3D modeling, repairs electronic equipment and invents various devices. He generously shares his knowledge and helps his friends in maintaining and setting up equipment. Kirill also loves to spend time with his family and helps his parents around the house and in the country.

Parents from childhood instilled biblical values in Kirill, and when he grew up, he personally saw that the application of the advice from this book is beneficial and brings happiness. And the more he meditated on the skill of the Creator, the more grateful he was to God for the opportunity to create something himself.

Faced with criminal prosecution, Kirill does not lose heart. He is supported by the example of his father and other Jehovah's Witnesses, who are also persecuted for their faith.

Case History

In February 2019, after a series of searches in Surgut, accompanied by torture and beatings, Yevgeny Kozak became a defendant in a criminal case for his faith. He was accused of participating in and financing the activities of an extremist organization. Later, as part of the criminal case, law enforcement officers conducted several more searches in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In July 2023, Valentina Alekseyeva and Kirill Severinchik were also prosecuted under the article on participation in the activities of a banned community, and Yuriy and Roman Khorikov were accused of organizing its activities and financing.