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Sister Yelena Savelyeva

OCTOBER 28, 2021
RUSSIA

Eighty-Year-Old Retired Schoolteacher Faces Prosecution for Speaking About the Bible

Eighty-Year-Old Retired Schoolteacher Faces Prosecution for Speaking About the Bible

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  1. On November 17, 2021, the Severskiy City Court of the Tomsk Region convicted Sister Yelena Savelyeva and imposed a suspended prison sentence of four years. She is not required to go to prison at this time. The prosecutor had previously requested a fine of 500,000 rubles ($7,198 U.S.) for 80-year-old Yelena

  2. July 22, 2021

    The court held an initial hearing

  3. March 25, 2021

    Russian prosecutors opened a criminal case against Yelena. She is accused of “persuading, recruiting, or otherwise inducing a person to participate in the activity of an extremist organization” under Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

    The charges are based on the testimonies of two women with whom Yelena shared Bible teachings: an FSB agent and an employee of the Russian National Guard. While feigning interest in the Bible, the women secretly recorded their conversations with Yelena and sent information about her and her fellow believers to law enforcement

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We take courage from Yelena’s determination to remain firm in the face of persecution. We are confident that Jehovah takes note of all those ‘striving side by side for the faith of the good news, and in no way being frightened by their opponents.’—Philippians 1:27, 28.