Updated: April 15, 2024
Name: Putivskaya Anzhela Nikolayevna
Date of Birth: April 9, 1982
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 1 day in a temporary detention facility, 36 day in a pre-trial detention, 63 day Under house arrest
Current restrictions: Suspended sentence
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 2 years 6 months, with deprivation of the right to engage in activities related to leadership and participation in the work of public and religious organizations (associations) for a term of 3 years, with restriction of liberty for a term of 6 months, a sentence of imprisonment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 3 years


Not having time to recover from a serious operation, Anzhela Putivskaya, a physician by profession, ended up in a pre-trial detention center. After mass searches, she, along with other believers, was accused of organizing extremist activities.

Anzhela was born in the spring of 1982 in the village of Stavropolka (Kazakhstan). Since the girl was 8 years old, her mother raised her alone. After graduating from high school, Angela graduated from the medical college in Omsk. She went to work in the Krasnodar Territory, but after a while for health reasons she moved to the small town of Kireevsk in the Tula Region, and then to Tula.

Anzhela worked as a laboratory assistant, pharmacist in a pharmacy, and until her arrest - as a cosmetologist-aesthetic in a beauty salon. Her hobbies include caring for pets and birds, and growing flowers. She is not afraid to learn something new, and for some time now she has been studying the Gypsy language.

Anzhela's mother, who does not share her religious views, cannot understand why her daughter was arrested: "She did nothing wrong, it is unfair!"

Case History

In April 2021, security forces searched 17 addresses of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Tula and Kireevsk. In March of the same year, the FSB opened a criminal case against Gurami Labadze, Yevgeny Godunov, Angela Putivskaya and Yulia Popkova against each on charges of extremism. The investigation considered it a crime to “organize religious speeches” and “carry out preaching activities.” After searches and interrogations, Gurami was placed under house arrest, and Angela, Yulia and Yevgeniy were placed in a pre-trial detention center. A month later, they were also placed under house arrest. Later, all were replaced by a measure of restraint on their own recognizance. The case went to court in April 2023, and in November the court handed down a sentence: Godunov and Labadze - 6 years and 6 months of suspended imprisonment, Putivskaya and Popkova - 2 years and 6 months of probation.