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Sister Lyudmila Shut

APRIL 30, 2021

Seventy-Three-Year-Old Disabled Sister Depends on Jehovah While Facing Conviction

Seventy-Three-Year-Old Disabled Sister Depends on Jehovah While Facing Conviction

UPDATE | Russian Court Denies Appeal

On August 25, 2021, the Primorye Territory Court denied the appeal of Sister Lyudmila Shut. Her original sentence remains in force. She is not required to go to prison at this time.

On May 19, 2021, the Nadezhdinskiy District Court of the Primorye Territory convicted 73-year-old Sister Lyudmila Shut. She was given a four-year suspended prison sentence.


Lyudmila Shut

  • Born: 1947 (Makarov, Sakhalin Island)

  • Biography: Began studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses in the early 2000’s. Was deeply impressed by Bible prophecy. Baptized in 2003. Her husband died that same year. Has three children and three grandchildren. Chronic health problems prevent her from walking without assistance

Case History

Authorities started monitoring Jehovah’s Witnesses in the village of Razdolnoye in November 2017. In February 2020, the authorities opened a criminal case against Sister Lyudmila Shut. Despite her age and obvious physical limitations, they imposed travel restrictions on her.

The proceedings have worsened Lyudmila’s physical and emotional health. Her vision deteriorated to the point of needing an operation, and she now suffers from insomnia. Lyudmila is convinced that by depending on Jehovah and fully trusting in him, he is safeguarding her. As he promises in Isaiah 26:3, Jehovah is providing her with “continuous peace.”

Lyudmila’s fellow believers have lovingly supported her. She especially appreciates knowing that the brothers are praying for her. “I will never forget this,” says Lyudmila.

Her son and youngest daughter, though not Jehovah’s Witnesses, have also supported her throughout this ordeal.

While awaiting the verdict, we pray in full confidence that Sister Shut will continue “relying on the power of God.”—2 Timothy 1:8.