Updated: April 19, 2024
Name: Ryzhkova Svetlana Anatoliyevna
Date of Birth: June 22, 1953
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2), 282.3 (1)
Sentence: penalty in the form of a fine in the amount of 480,000 rubles


Svetlana Ryzhkova, a resident of Shuya (Ivanovo region), was prosecuted for her religion. What do we know about this woman?

Svetlana was born in the village of Aristovo, Shuisky District, Ivanovo Region, in 1953. He has a sister and two sons. Svetlana's parents have always been conscientious about work. His father worked as a carpenter in a factory, and later as a foreman on a collective farm, and his mother worked as a weaver all her life. They also instilled a love of work in their daughters. Svetlana received the profession of a nurse and has been working in this field for several decades.

Svetlana's childhood was spent in the village, she loves nature very much. With her friends, she often disappeared on the river, picked mushrooms and berries. Svetlana has always loved gardening, and to this day she spends her free time in her garden, planting and watering.

After school, Svetlana and her whole family moved to the city of Shuya, where she graduated from a medical college. For some time she lived in St. Petersburg.

In the mid-2000s, Svetlana became interested in the Bible, which unexpectedly and paradoxically led to criminal prosecution. She experienced a strong shock on April 19, 2018, when they came to her house with a search. To preserve the feelings of relatives and friends, she decided not to devote them to the details of the criminal case.

Case History

Wiretapping, the introduction of a provocateur, hidden video filming in the homes of believers — this began the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city of Shuya in the spring of 2017. A year later, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under three extremist articles against peaceful believer Dmitry Mikhailov. In April and June 2018, the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses were searched: believers were treated rudely, pressured, and even a 10-year-old girl was interrogated. After the searches, new defendants appeared in the case: Elena Mikhailova, Svetlana Ryzhkova, Svetlana Shishina and Alexey Arkhipov. Dmitry spent 6 months in a pre-trial detention center. In September 2019, the investigator handed over the case to the prosecutor, but a year later he returned it for further investigation. The criminal case went to court in July 2021, but the judge returned it to the prosecutor for revision. The retrial of the case in the same court began in May 2022.