Updated: July 17, 2024
Name: Matveeva Anna Nikolayevna
Date of Birth: April 6, 1977
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement

Biography

In January 2023, Anna Matveeva, a Jehovah's Witness from Lesosibirsk, became a defendant in a criminal case because of talking about the Bible with friends.

Anna was born in April 1977 in the village of Selenduma (Republic of Buryatia). Until the age of 9, she was raised by her paternal grandparents in the city of Oster, Chernihiv region (Ukraine), and in 1986, after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Anna moved to her aunt in the village of Nevonka, Krasnoyarsk Territory.

Since childhood, Anna loves books and music. As a teenager, she received a musical education in the accordion class, and connected her profession with the Russian language and literature—she graduated from the Pedagogical Institute in Lesosibirsk and has been working in her specialty for many years.

In her free time, Anna likes to walk around her city and its environs, and also ride on the ice slide in winter. She is married and has two adult children.

One day, Anna became interested in what was written in the Bible. She was particularly impressed by the way Bible prophecy is being fulfilled today. Also, the knowledge gained helped her to make sure that God hears her prayers and answers them. In 2013, 15 years after first reading the Bible, Anna decided to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

When faced with criminal prosecution for her faith, Anna tries not to lose heart, but to focus on how God, family, and friends support her.

Case History

In November 2021, FSB and Investigative Committee conducted a series of searches in Lesosibirsk (Krasnoyarsk Territory) as part of the case against Valeriy Shitz. The searches affected Andrey Shiyan and Anna Matveyeva. In January 2023, separate criminal cases were initiated against them. The man was charged with organizing the activities of an extremist organization, and the woman was charged with participating in the activities of a banned LRO. In April 2023, Andrey Shiyan was searched again, during which an ambulance was called for him twice. The believers signed recognizances agreements. In October 2023, their criminal cases went to court, where they were later merged into one proceeding.