Updated: April 12, 2024
Name: Chechulina Yelena Nikolayevna
Date of Birth: June 11, 1978
Current status: Defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Current restrictions: Recognizance agreement


Yelena Chechulina, a 45-year-old nurse from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, like her husband, encountered criminal prosecution for discussing the Bible with other believers. The investigation equated her actions with organizing the activity of an extremist organization.

Yelena was born in 1978. She was the only child in the family. As a child, she loved to read books. After studying at high school and medical school, Yelena began working as a nurse in a clinic.

Yelena started to trust the Bible when she saw how accurately the prophecies described in it were fulfilled. In addition, she was impressed by the lifestyle of Jehovah's Witnesses. In July 2000 Yelena joined this religion.

In the same year, she married Sergey, who shares her religious beliefs. Her husband works as a locksmith.

The criminal prosecution did not discourage the Chechulin family — Yelena and her husband are trying to maintain a positive attitude and share it with their relatives who are worried about them. Friends and colleagues try their best to support Yelena.

Case History

Spouses Sergey and Yelena Chechulin became defendants in another criminal case against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kamchatka. In September 2022, the Investigative Committee suspected them of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. A month later, their home was searched, and the spouses were placed under recognizance agreement. In December 2023, their case was submitted to the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky City Court. Four months later, the prosecutor requested a sentence of 6 years in prison for the spouses.