Olga Ivanova after her release from the colony with a bouquet of flowers sent by her husband Yevgeniy, who is still serving his prison term

Served Sentences

Olga Ivanova, Сonvicted in 2021 for Believing in God, Released from a Penal Colony in Zelenokumsk

Astrakhan Region,   Stavropol Territory

After spending a little more than 2 years and 3 months in a penal colony, Olga Ivanova, a 41-year-old Jehovah's Witness, was released on June 11, 2024. She has served her sentence in full.

In correctional colony No. 7 in the Stavropol Territory, Ivanova had to work hard in the cutting shop. Her mother said: “I was so tired that in the morning I wanted to cry, because I didn't rest during the night, and I had to go back to work for 12 hours. Work even on Saturday, one day off.” For health reasons, Olga has been released from work in the shop for the past few months.

Correctional colony No. 7 in the Stavropol Territory, where Olga served her sentence
Correctional colony No. 7 in the Stavropol Territory, where Olga served her sentence
Olga Ivanova's mother meets her after her release
Olga Ivanova's mother meets her after her release
Olga Ivanova's friends welcome her after her release
Olga Ivanova's friends welcome her after her release
Olga Ivanova's friends welcome her after her release
Olga Ivanova's friends welcome her after her release

Olga had a good relationship with her cellmates. She maintained joy and a positive attitude because of her faith. According to Olga, she was greatly helped by prayer and letters from friends, which she received even in the pre-trial detention center during the transfer process.

Olga Ivanova's husband, Yevgeniy continues to serve a long term of imprisonment in Tatarstan. In a penal colony in the Stavropol Territory, another believer from Astrakhan, Anna Safronova, continues to serve time for her religious beliefs. Across the country, 96 more Jehovah's Witnesses are imprisoned for their beliefs.

Case of Ivanov and Others in Astrakhan

Case History
In June 2020, the investigation in Astrakhan opened a criminal case against Sergey Klikunov, Rustam Diarov, Yevgeniy Ivanov and his wife, Olga under under an article against extremism. A series of searches took place the next day. After that, the four believers were placed in custody. After 3 days, Olga Ivanova was transferred to house arrest. From June 2021, the case against the believers was heard in court. The court sentenced Yevgeniy, Sergey and Rustam to 8 years in a penal colony, and Olga to 3.5 years a penal colony. The court of appeal upheld this decision in February 2022, and 10 months later, the court of cassation even toughened the punishment, adding a ban on the believers from leaving Astrakhan after serving their sentence. In June 2024, Olga Ivanova was released.
Timeline

Persons in case

Criminal case

Region:
Astrakhan Region
Locality:
Astrakhan
Suspected of:
According to the investigation, "they continued to organize meetings, knowingly knowing that its activities were banned ... They carried out propaganda of the superiority of religious teachings over other persons and were engaged in the distribution of extremist literature."
Court case number:
12002120011000010
Initiated:
June 8, 2020
Current case stage:
the verdict entered into force
Investigating:
Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Astrakhan Region
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation:
282.2 (1), 282.3 (1), 282.2 (2)
Court case number:
1-201/2021
Court:
Трусовский районный суд г. Астрахани
Judge:
Алексей Сёмин
Case History