Updated: May 20, 2024
Name: Roslova Marina Valeriyevna
Date of Birth: December 9, 1967
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement


In March 2023, Marina Roslova, from the Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok, faced persecution for her peaceful religious views.

Marina was born in December 1967 in Khabarovsk, located on the banks of the Amur River on the border with China. Later, the family moved to Partizansk, which is 800 km from her hometown. Marina's mother worked in trade, her father was employed in the car industry, and later in a mine. The parents are no longer alive.

Marina was an only child. Since childhood, she loved books, played the piano and guitar. After school, she moved to Vladivostok, where she graduated from a music school with a concertmaster degree. In recent years, she has been working in a cleaning service. She still loves to read books, especially classics in the detective genre.

Marina met her husband in Vladivostok. In 1988 they got married, and a year later they had a son. In 1992, her husband died tragically, and she had to raise her son on her own. He is a professional chef.

In the 1990s, Marina started examining the Bible. She was impressed that this book is accurate, harmonious and consistent, like a piece of music, as well as logical and self-explanatory. In 1998, she became one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Faced with criminal prosecution, Marina tries to stay positive. Relatives and friends are at a loss as to what is happening.

Case History

After a series of searches in Vladivostok in March 2023, three Jehovah’s Witnesses were detained and placed in a temporary detention facility. Two days later, Yegor Pogrebnyak was released under house arrest, and Yuriy Byche and Sergey Novoselov were sent to a pre-trial detention center. A criminal case was opened against the believers under an extremist article. Later that month, Tatiana Kazakova, Marina Roslova, Alina Tkachenko, Anastasia Dyldina and Elena Romanova became defendants in the case. And in December, after new searches, Kirill Chekolayev was arrested and placed in a pre-trial detention center. He spent about 5 months in prison, and Novoselov and Byche spent almost a year. All three were released under a ban on certain actions.