Updated: July 12, 2024
Name: Tkachenko Alina Nikolayevna
Date of Birth: September 13, 1972
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement


Alina Tkachenko was one of six women prosecuted for her beliefs in the spring of 2023 in Vladivostok. Her house was searched, and a criminal case was initiated against her.

Alina was born in September 1972. She grew up as a very active child — she engaged in fencing, sambo and dancing. After school, she trained in several professions — a cook, a sales manager and an expert in food products. For some time she worked in her profession, and then began to provide cleaning services.

Alina has an adult son who she relies on for support. He adopted her love for an active lifestyle — they travel together and like hiking. He also plays the guitar and piano. Alina's mother is already retired, she shares her daughter's values.

In 2007, Alina decided to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses after she received answers to her questions from the Bible and learned that the prophecies written in this book are being fulfilled today.

Alina worries about her health because of the criminal prosecution. She has lost one of her three jobs. Alina's relatives are concerned and do not understand why this 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.