In November 2018, authorities conducted a series of searches at the homes of Jehovah's Witnesses in Spassk-Dalny. Olga Panyuta was detained. After several years of investigation and trial, the court found the woman guilty of extremism and sentenced her to 4.5 years in prison just because of her faith.
Olga was born in 1959 in Nizhny Novgorod, later lived in several cities, after which she moved to Spassk-Dalniy. Olga graduated from a technical school, worked as a kindergarten teacher and social worker, now retired.
In 1982, Olga married Vladimir. He worked for the railroad for many years. The couple have two adult daughters and a son.
When Olga began to study the Bible in depth, she liked the teachings about God and his Son, Jesus Christ. She could not even imagine that one day, because of her faith, she would be behind bars.
Relatives and friends worry about the believer, understanding the absurdity of the sentence. “My husband saw how much stress I suffered because of the arrest, the rude words of the investigator, the humiliation during the imprisonment. And he realized that everything that we, Jehovah's Witnesses, are accused of is a lie,” Olga said, speaking with the last word before the court.