Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Danilov Oleg Ivanovich
Date of Birth: April 22, 1974
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Time spent in prison: 56 day in a pre-trial detention, 1011 day in prison
Current restrictions: restriction of freedom
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 3 years with serving a sentence in a correctional colony of general regime, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year


For the first time, Oleg Danilov's family faced persecution in the spring of 2020, and six months later they came to them again with a search, and this time Oleg was placed on a recognizance agreement. In March 2021, the court sentenced the believer to 3 years in prison, he was taken into custody right in the courtroom. On March 1, 2024, he was released, having served his sentence in full.

Oleg was born in April 1974 in the city of Usolye-Sibirskoye, Irkutsk Region. His mother worked as a crane operator and seamstress, and his father as a locksmith. Oleg is the middle child in the family. When the children were small, they often went hiking with their parents in the mountains of Stavropol.

As a child, Oleg was fond of music. After school, he studied as an electrician. He worked in the field of construction, as well as a driver, a furniture maker. Before his imprisonment, he worked as a sharpener of manicure tools. He is fond of winemaking, loves to relax in nature and travel with the whole family. At one time he lived in Zelenokumsk (Stavropol Territory) and the village of Chernomorskiy, Krasnodar Territory.

In 1995, Oleg married Nataliya, who shares his views on life. She works as a manicurist. The couple raised two sons. At the time of the start of the criminal prosecution, the eldest son was still studying at a technical school as an auto mechanic, and the youngest was at college as an Internet marketer. At one time, the family moved to the village of Kholmskaya to live in a private house and be closer to nature.

Oleg's relatives are deeply religious people. In 1958, his grandparents became acquainted with the Bible through communication with Christians repressed for their faith in Siberia. His mother read the Bible from an early age and tried to follow its canons. The influence of his family helped Oleg to see the value of biblical norms, and in 1991 he firmly decided to embark on the Christian path. Together with his wife, they tried to instill spiritual values in their children.

The searches and criminal prosecution had a strong impact on the emotional state of the entire Danilov family. "Oleg and I have always had a very close relationship," Nataliya said. "When it was taken away, it was as if a part of my body had been torn out and a bleeding wound was left." She added: "The carefree youth of the sons abruptly turned into adulthood with responsibilities and solving many problems. But they did a great job with it. The example of Oleg, which they saw when he was around, helped them a lot."

Oleg himself, speaking before the court with the last plea, noted: "For me, being a Christian is not just words or a name, it is a way of life and thinking. These truths are deep in my heart, I absorbed them, one might say, with my mother's milk.

Case History

Oleg Danilov was searched twice, in April and December 2020, because of his faith in Jehovah God. For the first time, the security forces did not find anything forbidden on the believer, but in November 2020, the FSB opened a criminal case against him under Part 2 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for participating in “religious teaching and sermons” and “collective discussion of the Bible.” The investigation was conducted by O. I. Komissarov, who also handled the case of Alexander Ivshin. On March 23, 2021, the judge of the Abinsk District Court of the Krasnodar Territory, Olga Khomchenkova, held the first hearing in the case of Danilov, and on March 29, the prosecutor requested a sentence of 3 years in prison for him. This is the punishment the court imposed on the believer. The Krasnodar Regional Court upheld the verdict. Danilov was placed in a colony in the city of Khadyzhensk, and later transferred to a colony in the village of Akhtarsky, where the administration infringes on his rights and unreasonably applies penalties. In June 2022, the court of cassation upheld the verdict.