Updated: March 2, 2024
Name: Kaganovich Yuliya Fedorovna
Date of Birth: May 5, 1966
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 6 months with restriction of liberty for 1 year, punishment in the form of imprisonment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 2 years


In October 2019, a criminal case was initiated for her belief against a civilian resident of Birobidzhan, Yuliya Kaganovich. In February 2021, the court found her guilty of participating in extremist activities and sentenced her to a fine. The prosecutor appealed with a request to toughen the sentence, and in May 2021, a higher court sentenced Yuliya to a suspended sentence of 2.5 years.

Yuliya was born in 1966 in the city of Mikhailovka (Volgograd region). She was a creative child: she attended a dance studio, graduated from a music school, played domra and accordion in an orchestra, and sang in a choir.

In her life, Yuliya has experienced many emotional upheavals. This prompted her to think about the meaning of life. She found the answers to her questions in the Bible. The advice from this book helped her find peace in her heart and hope for a wonderful future, raise her son as a worthy person, strengthen her family, and develop good relationships with others. She is known as a cordial, hospitable person, always ready to help in difficult times.

Yuliya is married and has an adult son Artur. She met her future husband Aleksandr, a serviceman, in Birobidzhan, where she went to work on assignment, having graduated from the Volgograd Civil Engineering Institute. The son followed in the footsteps of his mother in the musical path — he studied vocals and playing the piano, performed in music programs, has certificates and gratitude.

Yuliya’s health deteriorated greatly due to the criminal prosecution and legal proceedings. Her husband was also diagnosed with serious illnesses. In addition, the believer is caring for an elderly mother who suffered a heart attack and stroke during the criminal prosecution of her daughter. The husband does not share Yuliya’s religious beliefs, but he and everyone who knows her are outraged by the unfair sentence.

Case history

In October 2019, the FSB opened a criminal case against Yulia Kaganovich, a resident of Birobidzhan, accusing her of extremism. In April 2020, the judge of the Birobidzhan District Court of the Jewish Autonomous Region, Vladimir Mikhalev, began considering the case. As evidence, the prosecution provided materials that had nothing to do with the defendant. Nevertheless, in February 2021, the court sentenced Yulia to a fine of 10,000 rubles. In May 2021, the Court of Appeal, at the request of prosecutor Anton Vyalkov, toughened the sentence and sentenced the believer to 2.5 years of suspended imprisonment with restriction of liberty for 1 year. The Court of Cassation upheld this decision. In July 2022, the judge of the Birobidzhan District Court, Natalya Sheremetyeva, canceled Yulia Kaganovich’s suspended sentence and expunged her criminal record.