Write to Russia: Evgeny Zinich – imprisoned for his faith

Evgeny Zinich is a Jehovah’s Witness who is serving a six-year sentence in a general-regime penal colony (and a further one year of ‘restricted freedom’) for his faith. He was convicted of organising the activities of a religious organisation – a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses – banned in Russia as ‘extremist’. Zinich has been in custody since his conviction on 27 June 2022. Memorial has recognised him, along with other Jehovah’s Witnesses imprisoned for their faith, as a political prisoner. Memorial maintains a list of all Jehovah’s Witnesses persecuted for their faith.

Evgeny Nikolaevich Zinich, born in 1966, is from Krasnoyarsk where he worked as an entrepreneur. He is a third generation member of the faith for which his forbears also suffered. His grandfather was given a five-year sentence for refusing to serve in the military for religious reasons. In 1951 Evgeny’s mother and her parents were exiled to Khakassia and his father was sentenced to 10 years in a penal colony for transporting religious literature.

In April 2017, the Russian Supreme Court declared the Management Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia an extremist organisation and banned it. In August of the same year, all Jehovah’s Witness communities were added to the list of banned extremist organizations.

Write to Evgeny Zinich

To write to Evgeny Zinich to express your support for him, please send your letter as an email to us at: letters-to-prisoners@protonmail.com. We shall translate the letter into Russian for you and either, depending on your request, mail the translated letter on your behalf to Evgeny or return the letter to you for posting in an envelope with an address written in Russian. If we send the letter on your behalf, we ask that you compensate us for the cost of postage from the UK (currently £2.20 – $2.73; €2.52). To learn more about our letter writing project, click here: Write to Russia.

Evgeny Zinich has been serving his sentence in Penal Colony No. 11 in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.

The address for writing letters to him is:

628422, ХМАО, г. Сургут, ул. Трудовая, д. 2, ФКУ ИК-11 УФСИН России по ХМАО — Югре, Зиничу Евгению Николаевичу, 1966 г. р. 

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