Updated: May 29, 2024
Name: Olshevskaya Yekaterina Sergeyevna
Date of Birth: August 31, 1984
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement


Case History

In July 2021, Kristina Golik, Valentina Ermilova, Ekaterina Olshevskaya and Maria Portnyagina became defendants in a criminal case for believing in Jehovah God. Peaceful women from Blagoveshchensk were accused of participating in the activities of an extremist organization. A month earlier, Kristina Golik’s husband, Dmitry, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for talking about God. The husbands of two other women, Anton Olshevsky and Sergey Ermilov , were under investigation at the time. The case against the women was initiated by the investigator of the SO of the FSB in the Amur Region Obukhov. He claimed that they committed unlawful acts, “wanting the onset of socially dangerous consequences” - this is how he called the participation of believers in discussions of biblical topics. All four were placed on recognizance not to leave. In May 2023, the case went to court.