Updated: April 19, 2024
Name: Dikhtyar Nikolay Petrovich
Date of Birth: December 24, 1954
Current status: Defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: Recognizance agreement


Nikolay Dikhtyar, a pensioner from Primorye Territory, led a calm life until the security forces came to his house to conduct a search. It turned out that the father of three children was suspected of extremism only because of his faith in Jehovah God.

Nikolay was born in December 1954 in the city of Makeyevka (Donetsk region of the Ukrainian SSR). He has an elder and a younger sister.

After school, Nikolay worked as a concrete worker and fireman. Later he graduated from the Irkutsk Polytechnic Institute and received the profession of a thermal power engineer. For many years he worked in his specialty until he retired—14 years after the retirement age. As a child, Nikolay fell in love with fishing and to this day does not miss the opportunity to go fishing in his free time.

In 1975, Nikolay got married. The couple raised three children: a son and two daughters. The family lived in the city of Samarkand (Uzbekistan), the city of Kainde (Kyrgyzstan), the village of Berkakit (Yakutia). Later, Nikolay, together with his wife and three children, moved from Yakutia to where the climate is warmer—to Primorye Territory. There, Nikolay began to study the Bible and learned the benefits of applying its advice. He embarked on the Christian path in 1998.

Due to the criminal prosecution of Nikolay, his relatives experienced stress and are perplexed, for which the authorities opened a case against this law-abiding head of the family.

Case History

In July 2021, Yuriy Ponomarenko’s house was searched in Luchegorsk. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him on suspicion of organizing the activities of an extremist organization. In November of the same year, as part of the Ponomarenko case, a new search was carried out - in the home of Oleg Sergeev. He was charged under the same article. In March 2022, 2 more defendants appeared in the case. Andrey Lyakhov and Nikolai Dikhtyar were charged with participation in the activities of an extremist organization. In June 2022, a criminal case against the believers went to court. In December 2023, the state prosecutor requested suspended sentences of 2 to 4 years for the believers, and in January 2024, the judge decided to resume the judicial investigation into the case.