Updated: May 19, 2024
Name: Shishina Svetlana Yuriyevna
Date of Birth: November 16, 1975
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Sentence: penalty in the form of a fine in the amount of 400,000 rubles


In Shuya (Ivanovo region), a criminal case was opened against the mother of two children, Svetlana Shishina. Law enforcement agencies consider her religion illegal. What do we know about this woman?

Svetlana was born in 1975 in Orenburg. His parents are military pensioners. My brother passed away in 2018, when he was 45 years old. The family lived for some time in garrisons in the Far East near Blagoveshchensk, later in Czechoslovakia, and then her father was transferred to Shuya, where Svetlana lives to this day. As a child, she was fond of drawing, needlework, rhythmic gymnastics, singing and dancing.

After school, she graduated from the Shuya Medical School with a degree in nursing. Later she mastered the profession of an economist-accountant and worked in the Shuisky Central District Hospital. Later she graduated from advanced training courses on the topic "nursing cosmetology" and now works as a cosmetologist.

Throughout her life, Svetlana carried warm memories of the book, which she accidentally saw while visiting a friend. It was a children's picture Bible. She made a great impression on a six-year-old girl from a family of members of the CPSU, where it was not customary to talk about faith in God. Years later, she learned that God had a name, and later decided to study the Holy Scriptures deeply. The most important thing is that the Bible answers all vital questions.

Svetlana has been married since 1995. My husband works in the construction industry. The couple have two children — a son and a daughter. The son graduated well from general education, art and music schools. The 12-year-old daughter also studies at a music school, where she has repeatedly participated in competitions and won prizes.

June 26, 2018 divided the life of Svetlana's family into before and after. The search in the early morning plunged the whole family into a state of stress and shock, the consequences of which - emotional, mental and physical - they still feel. Svetlana is especially worried about her daughter, who has developed a fear of being left without a mother. And this fear is not unfounded - the investigator has already threatened to deprive Svetlana of parental rights.

Relatives, friends, work colleagues, as well as school teachers of Svetlana's children are outraged by the injustice that has befallen this exemplary family. They cannot come to terms with the idea that the time, effort and money of the state are spent on fighting respectable people.

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.