Updated: April 15, 2024
Name: Ravnushkin Dmitriy Vasiliyevich
Date of Birth: March 18, 1975
Current status: who has served the main sentence
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1)
Sentence: penalty in the form of a fine in the amount of 500,000 rubles


In Petrozavodsk (Karelia), civilians continue to be persecuted for their "wrong" faith. On September 20, 2019, Dmitry Ravnushkin was interrogated, became a defendant in a criminal case and lost his job. What is known about this man?

Dmitry was born in 1975 in Petrozavodsk, he has a younger brother. The guys grew up in an ordinary family, but were left without parents early. Among Dmitry's hobbies were judo, football and fishing. And today he enjoys fishing in his spare time.

After school, Dmitry received a technical education and began working in the energy sector. At the last place of work, from where he was dismissed after interrogation by the FSB, he held the position of chief power engineer.

Even in his youth, Dmitry thought about his life and future. In search of answers, he turned to the Bible. What he learned from this book made him a peace-loving man - having received a summons to the army, he asked for alternative civilian service. Because of this, the military registration and enlistment office opened a criminal case against him four times, but each time it was closed due to the lack of corpus delicti.

In 1997, Dmitry married Alyona. She loves needlework, recently working as a stationery salesman. The couple have a daughter - "creative nature", as Dmitry calls her. The family loves to go out into nature, chat with friends, and just spend evenings together.

The criminal prosecution had a negative impact on the emotional and physical health of Dmitriy and his loved ones, but at the same time it united the whole family and made them appreciate the time spent together even more. Relatives who do not share Dmitry's convictions are outraged by what is happening and try to support him.

Case History

In July 2019, the FSB carried out mass searches in homes and workplaces of believers in Petrozavodsk. Several more searches took place in the neighboring city, Kondopoga. The couple, Maksim and Maria Amosov, were detained right on the street and Maria’s coat was torn. A criminal case was initiated against Maksim, in which 3 more defendants appeared later: Nikolay Leshchenko, Mikhail Gordeev and Dmitriy Ravnushkin. Gordeev and Ravnushkin were detained at their workplaces; after being interrogated by the FSB, the latter was fired from the post of chief power engineer. The believers were accused of organizing the activity of an extremist organization and they were placed under a recognizance agreement. In October 2021, the case went to court. Some documents, dated 1990-2000, had nothing to do with the case. And the testimonies of witnesses for the prosecution were favorable toward the defendants. Despite this, in July 2023, the court fined the four believers: Maksim Amosov, Nikolay Leshchenko, and Dmitriy Ravnushkin, each the amount of 500,000 rubles, and Mikhail Gordeev, 450,000 rubles.