Dmitriy Terebilov

Inside Penal Colonies and Detention Centers

Dmitriy Terebilov Imprisoned for His Faith  Faces Extension of His Sentence for Talking About God with a Cellmate. New Case Initiated

Kostroma Region

On April 20, 2023, Dmitriy Terebilov, who has already served a year and a half of his term in a penal colony for his faith, became a defendant in a new criminal case. The reason it was initiated was simply that he answered questions from a cellmate about the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Terebilov now faces a more than twofold increase of his prison term from 3 to 8 years.

Since the end of May 2023, he has been in Detention Center No.1 in Kostroma.

Interestingly, Dmitriy himself learned about the Bible when previously serving a prison term. Immediately he changed for the better and the administration of the penal colony was so impressed that they themselves petitioned for his parole. However, for the same Christian beliefs, in September 2021, Dmitriy was sent to a strict regime colony.

The Case of Terebilov in Kostroma

Case history
In July 2018, police officers and a squad of OMON officers searched the apartment of Dmitry Terebilov, in his absence. A year later, the Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case against the believer for participating in the activity of an extremist organization. Soon Terebilov’s home was searched again. The believer was placed under a recognizance agreement and was added to the Rosfinmonitoring list. In September 2020, Dmitry’s case went to court, which a year later sentenced him to 3 years in a strict regime colony. The court of appeal, and then the court of cassation, upheld the verdict. Since February 2022, Terebilov has been serving his sentence in Correctional Colony No. 1 in the Kostroma Region. In April 2023, Dmitry became a defendant in a new criminal case due to conversations about the Bible with another prisoner.
Timeline

Persons in case

Criminal case

Region:
Kostroma Region
Locality:
Kostroma
Suspected of:
According to the investigation he ”distributed ... items of literature, included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials, which contained information intended to excite religious strife, propounded exclusivity, superiority of Jehovah’s Witnesses teachings and inferiority of those citizens who do not confess this teaching … took part in meetings”
Court case number:
11902340011000049
Initiated:
June 13, 2019
Current case stage:
The verdict entered into force
Investigating:
The Central Region Investigation Office of Investigation Department of the Russian Federation Investigation Committee for Kostroma region
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (2)
Court case number:
1-18/2021 (1-375/2020)
Court:
Свердловский районный суд г. Костромы
Judge:
Екатерина Молодова
Background

Terebilov's second case in Kostroma

Case history
In Kostroma, the Investigative Committee opened a second criminal case under an extremist article against Dmitriy Terebilov, who is already serving a sentence in a penal colony for believing in Jehovah God. The reason was the fact that the believer answered questions from a cellmate who pretended to be interested in the Bible. He was charged under the article on the involving other persons in the activities of a banned organization. In January 2024, the case went to court.
Timeline

Persons in case

Criminal case

Region:
Kostroma Region
Locality:
Kostroma
Court case number:
1230230011000044
Initiated:
April 20, 2023
Current case stage:
trial in Court of First Instance
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (1.1), 282.2 (2)
Court case number:
1-128/2024
Court of First Instance:
Свердловский районный суд г. Костромы
Judge of the Court of First Instance:
Дмитрий Горохов
Background