For 3 years, Larisa Artamonova had to face surveillance, search, interrogations and trial. The peaceful believer was found guilty of participating in extremist activities and sentenced to a fine, and in April 2021, the court of appeal toughened the sentence. Larisa was sentenced to 2.5 years of probation and 1 year of restriction of freedom.
Larisa was born in 1970 in Birobidzhan. When she was three years old, her father was killed. This psychological shock left an imprint on the rest of Larisa's life. Later, her mother remarried, Larisa had a younger brother.
Larisa graduated as a pastry chef, but also worked as a graphic designer and seamstress. In 1990 she got married and gave birth to a son. After 4 years, the couple divorced and Larisa had to start all over again. She increasingly wondered: why is there so much injustice, grief and evil in life? Spiritual quest led to Bible study. Larisa says: "I realized that only God can answer my questions and only the Creator can eliminate all evil."
Larisa was diagnosed with a rare form of autoimmune disease. However, the believer does not dwell on her difficulties. Bible principles help her to worry less and not aggravate her illness with worry. “My faith literally saves my life,” says Larisa.
The believer leads an active lifestyle: she rides a bicycle, skates and ski, continues to paint and participate in art exhibitions, and develops the profession of a portrait painter. Larisa's son got married, and now she is a happy grandmother of her little grandson.
Larisa's elderly parents were shocked that their daughter was being persecuted not for a crime, but for her beliefs. They were especially wounded by the fact that Larisa faced six years in prison - that is how much the man who killed her father received. The believer was added to the list of extremists of Rosfinmonitoring, and her bank cards were blocked.