Updated: April 12, 2024
Name: Sholner Tatyana Vladimirovna
Date of Birth: August 31, 1993
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 2 years 6 months with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year; The sentence of imprisonment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 2 years


On February 6, 2020, six criminal cases against civilians of the city were initiated in Birobidzhan at once. They were accused of participating in extremist activities only because the women are Jehovah's Witnesses. Among them was Tatyana Sholner.

Tatyana was born in September 1993 in Birobidzhan. When she was very young, a tragedy occurred in the family - her father was killed. The mother had to raise her daughter and eldest son alone.

Tatiana grew up as an inquisitive, active child. After graduating from school, she entered a technical school with a degree in sewing technician. One of the classmates took the Bible seriously, lived according to its principles and laws. Tatiana was also interested in the Holy Scriptures, she began to read it carefully and discover its depth and wisdom. "I was especially touched by the teaching on the resurrection of the dead, because in 2014 I experienced a strong emotional shock when my 12-year-old cousin died," says Tatiana.

Tatyana works in a pharmacy, is fond of sports: she likes to skate, bike, play volleyball.

The criminal prosecution had a negative impact on Tatyana's emotional state. The court hearings in her case lasted about a year. On June 25, 2021, the judge of the Birobidzhan District Court, Yulia Tsykina, sentenced the 27-year-old believer to 2 years and 6 months of suspended imprisonment for her faith.

Case History

There were many upheavals in the life of Tatyana Sholner from Birobidzhan: the death of her father, the death of her 12-year-old cousin, and then also criminal prosecution for her faith. In February 2020, the Federal Security Service for the Jewish Autonomous Region opened criminal cases against Tatyana and 5 other women for participating in the activities of an extremist organization. According to the investigation, the believers “resumed the activities of the local religious organization liquidated in 2016 … as well as the “Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.” This is how the investigator interpreted the usual ways of expressing faith: singing songs, praying, and discussing the Bible. In June 2021, the court sentenced Tatyana Sholner to 2.5 years of suspended imprisonment. The Court of Appeal and Cassation upheld this decision.