In 2019, a criminal case was opened against Gaukhar Bektemirova, a resident of Omsk, for reading and discussing the Bible with others. In November 2020, the court found her guilty of extremist activities and sentenced her to 2 years and 3 months of suspended imprisonment.
Gaukhar was born in 1976 in the village of Uryl (Kazakhstan). She is the youngest of 6 children. Since childhood he is fond of volleyball, loves nature. She especially likes the mountains among which she grew up. After school, Gaukhar received the profession of a hairdresser. In 1994, she moved to Omsk, Russia, where her brother and sister were already living. Gaukhar is married.
Gaukhar was always interested in a question to which she could not find an answer anywhere: what is the meaning of life? One of her friends said that the meaning of life is in children, but this did not convince her. One day, her sister asked her to find out what the Bible said about this. The long-awaited and logical answer was found. At the same time, Gaukhar found values and principles that help her in family life and everyday difficulties. She also draws the comfort she needs from this book because of the unfair persecution by the authorities.
Gaukhar recalls that the first days after the search passed "like in a fog": the Bible and electronic devices were taken from her. There was a strong desire to go away from their homes. Only after a while did she manage to recover.
Relatives of Gaukhar are outraged by the guilty verdict. They are surprised that in modern Russia it is possible to persecute people for their religion.