Updated: May 20, 2024
Name: Spiriadi Matrena Georgiyevna
Date of Birth: November 4, 1953
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 6 months; The sentence of imprisonment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 2 years


On March 30, 2020 it became known about a new criminal case in Khakassia, in which six believers become defendants. This case was separated from the one previously filed against Roman and Valentina Baranovsky. Among the new suspects is Matryona Spiriadi. What do we know about her?

Matryona was born in November 1953 in the village of Borodino (Turukhansky District of Krasnoyarsk Territory). She was the youngest of 11 children in the family. There's only one brother left alive today.

As a child, Matryona was fond of gymnastics and volleyball. In 1959, the family moved south to Abakan. That's where she helped the family run the farm. After high school, she worked in a garment factory. Matryona Spiriadi is now retired and is the guardian of her disabled grandchild.

In her spare time Matryona likes to grow flowers and receive guests.

After her mother's death, Matryona Spiriadi could not accept the loss for a long time, but soon found hope when she learned that the Bible speaks of resurrection. It prompted her to take the Christian path.

On April 10, 2019, law enforcement officers conducted a search of Matryona Spiriadi's house, which, she said, "split life into before and after". From a nervous shock an elderly woman who is suffering from hyperglycemia, blood sugar rose to critical levels. Now she has to take a lot of medication.

Matryona Spiriadi's relatives consider her criminal prosecution unfounded and are perplexed by the fact that in Russia it is possible to become a defendant in a criminal case only because of faith in God.

Case History

Several criminal cases were singled out from the high-profile case of the Baranovskiys , a mother and son. One of them was opened by the Abakan Investigation Department on April 20, 2020 against Aleksandr Vergunov, Matryona Spiriadi and Irina Sidorova (she died three months later). At that time, Vergunov was doing alternative civilian service at a medical center, and Spiriadi was the guardian of his disabled grandson. After more than a year of investigation, the case was submitted to the Abakan City Court of the Republic of Khakassia. It was considered by Judge Yuriy Lotsky. On April 4, 2022, the court sentenced the believers to 2.5 years of probation. The appeal upheld the verdict.