Vadim Shcheglov, the western representative of the Christian Committee for the Defense of Believers' Rights in the USSR, has reported on the situation of the Osadchev family:
"Mikhail Osadchev (45), a computer engineer, and his wife Elizaveta (36) are being harassed in every way possible for the mere fact that they are Russian Orthodox Christians, go to church regularly and are bringing up their children in accordance with Christian principles." The family "is daily plagued by unexpected visits by the militia. On several occasions, in the absence of her husband, Eltzaveta has had to cope with threats, verbal abuse and attempts at forced entry into her home by militia men." They have six children, ranging in age from 13 years to 2 months.