Updated: June 24, 2024
Name: Kriger Nataliya Romanovna
Date of Birth: April 4, 1978
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 2 years 6 months with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year; The sentence of imprisonment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 2 years


In May 2018, the Krieger spouses were searched, shortly after which a criminal case was opened against Valeriy. In February 2020, a case was initiated for her faith against Nataliya. In July 2021, the court found the believer guilty of participating in extremist activities and sentenced her to 2.5 years of probation.

Nataliya was born in April 1978 in Khabarovsk. When the girl was only a year old, her mother died, and Nataliya ended up in an orphanage. At the age of 6, her own grandmother took little Nataliya to live with her in the city of Amurzet. Along with her grandmother, Nataliya was raised by her aunt and cousin, who surrounded the girl with care and instilled respect for biblical principles.

As a child, Nataliya loved to dance, she was especially fond of Indian dances. As a teenager, she took first places in city competitions. After school, Nataliya graduated from a college, and then a technical school of light industry in Birobidzhan. She worked as a social worker, helping the elderly. In recent years, she has been a station worker.

Due to a hip fracture, Nataliya’s grandmother stopped walking. Nataliya took care of the elderly woman for several years, until her death in February 2020.

In 2017, Nataliya married Valeriy. They are known as a close-knit family. The spouses spend a lot of time together, they love to dance, go to the mountains, raft down the river on boats. They support each other in the hardships they face because of their faith in Jehovah God.

Case History

In May 2018, the home of a Birobidzhan resident, Natalya Kriger, was searched by law enforcement officers. Three days earlier, a criminal case was initiated against her husband Valeriy for extremism, and in February 2020, the FSB initiated a criminal case against Natalia herself. She was accused of continuing the activity of an extremist organization. In August 2020, the believer’s case went to court. The prosecutor requested a sentence of 4 years in prison for her, and in July 2021 the court gave the believer a 2.5-year suspended sentence. The court of appeal upheld the verdict, but in August 2022, the court of cassation sent the case back for a new appeal, which, in turn, returned the case for review to the court of first instance to another judge. He also gave the believer a 2.5-year suspended sentence. The court of appeal upheld this verdict.