On October 7, 2018, FSB and SOBR forces arrested two law-abiding women living in the city of Sychevka (Smolensk region). One of them, Mariya Troshina, was charged with extremism and placed on pre-trial detention. What does a look into her background reveal about her?
Born in 1977 in St. Petersburg, Mariya has a brother who still lives there. She has had a keen interest in history since her childhood, and put this acquired knowledge to use as a tour guide while in school. She studies foreign languages on her own.
It was because of her passion for history that Mariya got interested in the credibility of the Bible from the historical and scientific points of view. Though both of her parents are deceased, her mother shared the inclination of her daughter toward spiritual things. Both women decided to dedicated themselves to God, which eventually led to the groundless charges of extremism.