Updated: April 22, 2024
Name: Zhivolupov Roman Vladimirovich
Date of Birth: April 22, 1997
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Sentence: punishment in the form of a fine in the amount of 500,000 rubles with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to participation in the work of public religious organizations for a period of 2 years and 11 months


Roman Zhivolupov was born in April 1997 in Norilsk (Krasnoyarsk Territory). He has two sisters. Their mother is a nurse and their father is a welder. Since childhood, Roman loves to play football and volleyball.

After school, Roman studied as an electrical technician, worked at a factory, and more recently as a sales manager.

Reading the Bible and meditating on this book, Roman became convinced of its logic and consistency. He was impressed by the good attitude of believers to each other, as well as the fact that the prophecies recorded in the Bible are being fulfilled, and in 2015 Roman decided to live in accordance with the biblical commandments. Biblically based peace-loving views prompted the believer to use the right to alternative civilian service instead of military service. He passed it while working in a hospital.

Because of the criminal prosecution for his faith, Roman faced new difficulties. He was included in the list of extremists of Rosfinmonitoring, which made it difficult for the believer to receive a salary. Relatives and friends worry about him and try to help in every possible way.

Case History

In July 2019, mass searches were carried out in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nizhny Novgorod. After that, several believers became defendants in criminal cases under an article for extremism. One of them was filed against Sergey Konshin, Sergey Malyanov and his daughter, Svetlana. The believers spent 24 hours in a temporary holding facility. Even before these events, the officers were listening in on Malyanov’s telephone conversations. Later, another defendant appeared in the case - Roman Zhivolupov. The believers were added to the Rosfinmonitoring list and they had to sign a recognizance agreement. In February 2022, the case went to court. The charges are based on a video recording of an event. The investigation considered the party a continuation of the activity of a liquidated religious organization. In April 2023, these Nizhny Novgorod residents were sentenced to fines ranging from 450,000 to 700,000 rubles. Later, the court of appeal upheld the guilty verdict, toughening the additional part of the punishment – not to hold any leading positions in religious and public organizations for 2 years and 11 months.