Updated: July 17, 2024
Name: Serdtseva Larisa Nikolayevna
Date of Birth: July 11, 1975
Current status: suspect
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)


Larisa Serdtseva, a mother of many children, became a defendant in a criminal case because of her beliefs in February 2024.

Larisa was born in July 1975 in the city of Neftekamsk (Bashkiria). She grew up with her older brother. Their father worked in the oil and gas industries, and their mother worked as a salesman.

After school, Larisa received the profession of a seamstress. Later she worked in various fields, and at the time of the initiation of the criminal case she worked in a cleaning company.

During her life, Larisa had to live in different cities of the Urals: Agidel, Urengoy and Muravlenko. In 1998, she married Vladimir, and after a while they moved to Shakhunya, Nizhny Novgorod region, her husband's homeland. The couple had three daughters. The eldest is already an adult, works as a salesman, the younger ones are still in school.

Larisa loves to grow flowers. The family is happy to travel. The head of the family likes carpentry and carpentry, the eldest daughter is fond of photography, the middle one likes to draw, knit and weave beads, and the youngest loves animals.

For many years, Larisa was worried about why there is so much injustice in the world. She found the answer to this question in the Bible. She decided to take the Christian path in 2001. Seeing that the application of Bible advice has a positive effect on his wife and children, Vladimir also decided to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses 10 years later.

Larisa shared: "The criminal prosecution has strengthened my faith. My husband and I became very close - he is such a support for me! And in general, the whole family rallied. Everyone around her—friends and relatives—cannot understand why the believer is being persecuted.

Case History

In February 2024, the Ministry of Internal Affairs initiated a criminal case against unidentified persons for participating in the activity of an extremist organization. At the time, searches were carried out at 7 addresses in the cities of Shakhunya and Gorodets and the village of Vakhtan. Nina Smirnova and Larisa Serdtseva became suspects.