Updated: April 23, 2024
Name: Ilyasova Yunona Alekseyevna
Date of Birth: May 24, 1985
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility
Sentence: penalty in the form of a fine in the amount of 400,000 rubles


In July 2021, Yunona Ilyasova from Snezhnogorsk, a mother of three little children, was searched and interrogated at night. The investigation regarded her religion as a grave crime against society and the state.

Yunona was born in May 1985 in the city of Snezhnogorsk (Murmansk region). Her mother is an engineer at a shipyard. Her father works as a driver. She has a younger brother. As a child, Yunona was actively involved in sports, attended several sections: alpine and cross-country skiing, athletics. She received a sports category in athletics, took part in numerous competitions.

Yunona studied to be a special education teacher for working with preschool children, and later retrained as a speech therapist and worked in a kindergarten for almost 10 years. Now she takes care of children, monitors health and proper nutrition, bakes bread, creates various desserts and blogs on this topic.

Yunona grew up in a religious family: from childhood, her mother instilled in her and her brother Christian values. Therefore, at a young age, she decided that she would adhere to a Christian lifestyle: regularly study the Bible, communicate with fellow believers, and share religious beliefs with others.

In 2011, Juno married Rais, the couple had three children, who at the time of the initiation of the criminal case against the believer were 2, 4 and 6 years old. Rais respects his wife's religious views.

The criminal prosecution added a lot of worries and worries to the life of a large family: Yunona is afraid of losing her job because of this. Rais supports her husband at this difficult time for her.

Case History

In July 2021, FSB officers conducted mass searches in the homes of believers from the Murmansk Region, including Snezhnogorsk. Late in the evening, the law enforcement officers broke into the apartment of Yunona Ilyasova, a mother of three young children and a special education teacher. During the night, a search also took place at the home of Aleksey Yeliseyev. The believers spent 24 hours in a temporary detention center. According to the investigation, Yeliseyev and Ilyasova “organized individual preaching and the discussion of religious literature and its texts” - for this they were accused of organizing the activity of an extremist organization. In August 2022, the case went to court. In May 2023, the believers were sentenced to fines.