Updated: July 15, 2024
Name: Vinogradov Dmitriy Yuriyevich
Date of Birth: September 9, 1963
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, with restriction of liberty for a term of 6 months, a sentence of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 2 years


On January 20, 2020, a criminal case was opened against Dmitry Vinogradov in Chelyabinsk. The reason for this was his religion.

Dmitry was born in 1963 in Chelyabinsk. His father went through the war, later worked as an accumulator in a railway depot, and his mother was the head of a savings bank. He has an older brother.

For some time after the divorce of his parents, Dmitry lived with his mother in the village of Kargapole (Kurgan region). He studied first in Chelyabinsk, then in Moscow. Later he returned to his hometown.

Dmitry grew up as an active child - he was engaged in skiing, wrestling. He liked to read a lot. His passion for chess later grew into a profession: in 1985 he graduated from the chess department of the Chelyabinsk State Institute of Physical Education and since then has worked as a coach, and later as a senior coach at the children's and youth school of the Olympic reserve.

In 1997 he became a highly qualified coach and worked as a director of a chess club. Dmitry is a FIDE (International Chess Federation) chess master, winner of all-Union and international tournaments.

Dmitry holds a degree in management from the Open University of Great Britain. He worked in a large retail chain, was a member of the Board of Directors.

Recently, Dmitry taught at a private chess school. His students have repeatedly won various competitions.

Dmitry met his future wife Zhanargul in Orsk (Orenburg region). In 1990 they got married.

The family has four children. Dmitry's older children received higher and secondary technical education. The younger ones are happy to study at a music school along with a general education school.

Seriously interested in the Bible, Dmitry began to study it deeply and in 2014 became a Christian. In the Holy Scriptures, Dmitry found the answer to the question: why reasonable people destroy the planet, harm others, including their children, and also learned what the future holds for humanity.

As a result of the searches that took place at Dmitry's workplace, he lost his chess file, on which he worked for many years, as well as some students who stopped attending his section. In addition, Dmitry's eyesight has dropped significantly, although he had never used glasses before.

Every time the doorbell rings, Dmitry involuntarily asks the question: "Are the machine gunners going to rummage through [the belongings] of my schoolgirl daughters again?" Yet he tries to remain calm, and in this he is helped by the support of friends and relatives.

Case History

Master of the International Chess Federation Dmitry Vinogradov became a defendant in a criminal case in January 2020. Investigator of the Investigative Committee Aleksandr Chepenko opened a case under Part 2 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation as a result of a provocation by Chelyabinsk law enforcement agencies that sent agents to local believers to ask about the Bible. The security forces entered the Vinogradovs’ apartment and searched it in the absence of the owners. Also, a search took place at Dmitry’s workplace, as a result of which he lost his chess file, on which he worked for many years. During the hearings in the Central District Court of Chelyabinsk, the infiltrated agent “Makarenko” could not cite a single fact of illegal actions on the part of the believer. Nevertheless, in May 2021, Judge Aleksandr Tabakov sentenced Dmitry Vinogradov to 2 years probation. The appellate court upheld this decision, and in June 2022 it was upheld by the Court of Cassation.