Updated: June 14, 2024
Name: Dyldina Anastasiya Dmitriyevna
Date of Birth: February 18, 1999
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement

Biography

In March 2023, Anastasiya Dyldina, a fourth-generation Jehovah's Witness, was prosecuted for her religious beliefs.

Anastasiya was born in 1999 in Moscow in the family of a military man and a doctor. At that time, her father studied in the capital. A year later, the family returned to their hometown Vladivostok. In 2018, her parents divorced.

As a child, Anastasiya was versatile: she did gymnastics, liked drawing and playing chess, and graduated from a music school. On graduating from secondary school, she received a gold medal and then entered medical university to study medical biochemistry. When the criminal case was initiated against her, she was in her 6th year and was preparing to defend her diploma and moonlighting as an English teacher in a children's center.

In her spare time, Anastasiya loves to sing and play the ukulele – small Hawaiian guitar. She also likes photography and loves traveling with her friends.

Anastasiya believed in God from childhood and developed a love for him. Her grandmother told her about God's wonderful qualities, and also read Bible stories to her, bringing to life fascinating and instructive stories in her imagination. She taught her to develop good qualities that would be useful to her in adulthood, especially in difficult circumstances. Anastasiya grew up and her confidence in the existence of the Creator was reinforced by what she learned about how complex living organisms are. In 2018, she became one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Her mother, like her grandmother, shares her views on life.

Anastasiya has always lived in Vladivostok, but she planned to move after graduation. The criminal prosecution disrupted these plans. Relatives, especially her father, are worried about her and consider this prosecution unreasonable.

Case History

After a series of searches in Vladivostok in March 2023, three Jehovah’s Witnesses were detained and placed in a temporary detention facility. Two days later, Yegor Pogrebnyak was released under house arrest, and Yuriy Byche and Sergey Novoselov were sent to a pre-trial detention center. A criminal case was opened against the believers under an extremist article. Later that month, Tatiana Kazakova, Marina Roslova, Alina Tkachenko, Anastasia Dyldina and Elena Romanova became defendants in the case. And in December, after new searches, Kirill Chekolayev was arrested and placed in a pre-trial detention center. He spent about 5 months in prison, and Novoselov and Byche spent almost a year. All three were released under a ban on certain actions.