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Brother Sergey Rayman and his wife, Valeriya


Young Couple Face Criminal Conviction in Russia

Young Couple Face Criminal Conviction in Russia

Scheduled Verdict

On September 16, 2020, * the Sverdlovskiy District Court of the city of Kostroma is scheduled to announce its verdict in the case involving Brother Sergey Rayman and his wife, Valeriya. They each face a seven-year suspended prison sentence.


Sergey Rayman

  • Born: 1996 (Kineshma, Ivanovo Region)

  • Biography: Studied construction at a technical school. Became a specialist in interior design. Learned to love and respect the Bible from his grandmother. Married Valeriya in 2015. Enjoys cooking and skiing

Valeriya Rayman

  • Born: 1993 (Sharya, Kostroma Region)

  • Biography: Her father died when she was ten years old. Learned about Jehovah from her mother. Is a licensed hairdresser

Case History

In the early morning of July 25, 2018, armed special forces used crowbars to break into the home of Brother and Sister Rayman. The officers arrested the couple. Sister Rayman spent two days in detention. Brother Rayman spent 59 days in solitary confinement. The authorities have restricted the Raymans’ communication with other Jehovah’s Witnesses. Also, they are not allowed to leave their home in the evening. This stressful situation has impacted their physical and emotional health.

As this young couple await their verdict, we pray that they will continue to be courageous and strong, trusting that Jehovah will never stop supporting them.—Joshua 1:9.

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