ALEXEY GALIMOV, ASD (Vladivostok, Russia)

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Alexey Galimov

Alexey Galimov, the father of three children, believer of the Church of Adventists of the Seventh Day in Vladivostok, Russia. Since the beginning of a full-scale war, he spoke out against it on social networks, and since February 2023 he held single-person pickets. On 1 February 2023, he came out with the banner with a biblical verse, ‘Do not kill’. On 24 February, he stood with another batter, ‘Do not fight, for you will not get success’.

Following the pickets, he was detained without drawing up the protocol. After one of those pickets, a psychiatric emergency team arrived at the police department. Galimov was taken to a psychiatric hospital for a conversation. He was also subjected to ‘preventive’ detention on other occasions.

On 9 March 2023, at 6.20am, the special forces group broke into Galimov’s apartment smashing the door and applying violence to Galimov. He was threatened with criminal prosecution and torture, withforcing him to sign a contrcat with the Wagner military group to go to the front. Eventually, he was released.

He felt he had to move to another place with his family. After the police came to his mother’s apartment on 12 June 12 2023, he left Russia and asked for political asylum in the United States.