The Death of Vladimir Shelkov (1896-1980)

On 27 January 1980, Vladimir Andreyevich SHELKOV (CCE 55.7), Chairman of the All-Union Church of True and Free Seventh-Day Adventists, died at the age of 84 in a strict-regime camp in Yakutia [Soviet Far East] where he was serving a sentence.

Vladimir Shelkov, 1896-1980

Shelkov was the third person to be appointed chairman of the Church (in 1949): the two previous chairmen died in captivity, in 1937 and 1949 respectively. He himself spent a total of 25 years imprisoned for his religious activities. Shelkov was last arrested in 1978 (CCE 49.14). On 23 March 1979 he was sentenced by Tashkent City Court to five years in strict-regime camps (CCE 53.3).

On 29 January 1980, the Council of the All-Union Church published the news of Shelkov’s death. On receiving a telegram from the camp informing them of his death. Shelkov‘s relatives flew to Yakutia, hoping to be given the body: Shelkov had stated in his will that he wished his family to bury him in Samarkand. They were not allowed to take his body.