Updated: July 25, 2024
Name: Malevaniy Dmitriy Yuryevich
Date of Birth: April 24, 1990
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Time spent in prison: 2 day in a temporary detention facility, 102 day in a pre-trial detention, 363 day Under house arrest, 429 day in prison
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 6 years and 10 months, with deprivation of the right to engage in organizational activities in public or religious associations, public or religious organizations, as well as deprivation of the right to engage in educational activities in all types of educational institutions and activities related to the placement of appeals and other materials in public information and telecommunication networks, including the Internet, for a period of 6 years and 10 months, with restriction of liberty for a term of 1 year 4 months, with serving a sentence of imprisonment in a correctional colony of general regime
Currently held in: Penal Colony No. 14 in Khabarovsk Territory
Address for correspondence: Malevaniy Dmitriy Yuryevich, born 1990, IK No. 14 in Khabarovsk Territory, sh. Mashinostroiteley, 10, g. Amursk, Khabarovsk Territory, Russia, 682643

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In November 2018, authorities conducted a series of searches at the homes of Jehovah's Witnesses in Spassk-Dalny, Primorye Territory. Dmytro Malevaniy was detained. After several years of investigation and trial, the court sentenced him to 7 years in prison only because of his faith.

Dmitry was born in 1990 in Spassk-Dalny, where he has lived all his life. By education, he is a specialist in the field of applied informatics in economics, and all the time, from studying at a university and up to criminal prosecution, he worked in one place - he taught programming in college.

As a teenager, Dmitry was convinced that the Bible gives clear and logical answers to questions, and life according to high biblical standards makes people better and happier. This prompted him to embark on the Christian path. Dmitry is married to his peer Ulyana, a graduate of an art school.

Friends and family do not understand why this peaceful man was thrown behind bars just because of his beliefs. Dmitry's colleagues, who do not share his religious views, support him and urge him not to give up in this difficult situation.

Case History

In the fall of 2018, searches were carried out in Spassk-Dalny at the homes of Dmitry Malevany, Alexei Trofimov, Olga Panyuta, Olga Opaleva and their fellow believers. The reason for the persecution of civilians was their faith in Jehovah God. The believers were accused of organizing the activities of an extremist organization and involving others in it. The case is based on the testimony of secret witnesses “Sidorova” and “Ivanova”, who monitored the believers on instructions from the FSB. On the eve of the search, Olga Opaleva suffered a heart attack, and later, on the way to court, a stroke. The four believers spent a year under house arrest, and since November 2019 they have been under a recognizance agreement. In December 2019, the case went to court. In February 2023, the believers were sentenced: Dmitry Malevanoy was given 7 years in a penal colony, Alexey Trofimov  6.5 years in prison, Olga Panyuta - 4.5 years in prison, and Olga Opaleva - 5 years suspended. The appeal reduced each of these terms by two months, the cassation supported this decision.