Updated: February 26, 2024
Name: Opaleva Olga Alekseyevna
Date of Birth: April 22, 1952
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1.1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 357 day Under house arrest
Current restrictions: Suspended sentence
Sentence: punishment in the form of 4 years 10 months of imprisonment, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year, punishment in the form of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 4 years

Biography

Due to the stress caused by the criminal prosecution, Olga Opaleva suffered a stroke and a heart attack. For several years, she was forced to defend her good name, despite serious health problems, after which the court sentenced her to 5 years probation. Olga's son, Vitaly Ilyinykh, was also convicted for his faith.

Olga was born in 1952 in Spassk-Dalniy in a family with three children. From childhood she loved music and singing.

For a long time Olga believed in God, but she was not interested in the Bible and its teachings. After experiencing the death of her 22-year-old daughter, she began to seriously reflect on the Bible's doctrine of the resurrection and decided to get to know the Bible better. “From that moment my new life began,” says the believer. Olga sincerely wishes that all people have the same firm hope that she has.

Olga's relatives, friends and relatives do not understand how this peaceful elderly woman could be condemned for extremism. They support her the best they can.

Case history

In the fall of 2018, searches were carried out in Spassk-Dalny at the homes of Dmitry Malevany, Alexei Trofimov, Olga Panyuta, Olga Opaleva and their fellow believers. The reason for the persecution of civilians was their faith in Jehovah God. The believers were accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization and involving others in it. The case is based on the testimony of secret witnesses “Sidorova” and “Ivanova”, who monitored the believers on instructions from the FSB. On the eve of the search, Olga Opaleva suffered a heart attack, and later, on the way to court, a stroke. The four believers spent a year under house arrest, and since November 2019 they have been under a recognizance agreement. In December 2019, the case went to court. In February 2023, the believers were sentenced: Dmitry Malevanoy was given 7 years in a penal colony, Alexey Trofimov  6.5 years in prison, Olga Panyuta - 4.5 years in prison, and Olga Opaleva - 5 years suspended. The appeal reduced each of these terms by two months, the cassation supported this decision.