Updated: June 12, 2024
Name: Astvatsaturova Nina Nikolayevna
Date of Birth: July 30, 1959
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: recognizance agreement


As a child, Nina Astvatsaturova's mother and grandmother instilled faith in God. Since then, she has been searching for the truth about the Creator and already in adulthood - in 2003 - she embarked on the Christian path, convinced of the scientific accuracy of the Bible and its usefulness in modern life. 17 years later, a criminal case was opened against her - in fact, Nina is being persecuted for her love of the Holy Scriptures.

Nina was born in July 1959 in the city of Kuibyshev (now Samara). She is the only child in the family. Nina's childhood was spent in different cities - her father was a military man, so they often moved.

At school, Nina studied excellently. She also graduated from music school with a degree in piano. Later she entered the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at the Institute of Oil and Chemistry in Baku (Azerbaijan) and, after graduating from it, worked in her specialty.

In addition to Samara and Baku, Nina lived in Kaliningrad, and later moved to Vladivostok at the place of her husband's military service. The couple raised a son.

In her youth, Nina studied English, ballroom dancing and horse riding. Now she enjoys attending theater and classical music concerts. Nina loves animals, nature and travel, she enjoys spending time with friends.

The criminal prosecution affected Nina's health: after the search, she had a hypertensive crisis. Other diseases have also worsened. Relatives and friends of the believer are outraged by the persecution and consider it unfair.

Case History

In the early morning of July 2018, a group of masked armed security forces invaded the apartment of 90-year-old grandmother Yelena Barmakina, after which Dmitriy wife Yelena was imprisoned in a pre-trial detention center for 447 days. Later, Yelena herself was accused of extremism because of her religion and the family’s bank accounts were blocked. The believer’s case was considered by the Pervorechensky District Court of Vladivostok. In September 2020, the court returned the case to the prosecutor. In August 2021, investigator Tarasenko opened a criminal case against a peaceful believer Yuriy Redozubov and merged Barmakina’s case into one proceeding with the cases against Redozubov, Lonchakov, Katanaeva, Astvatsaturova, Tregub, Tsorn and the Verigin spouses. In June 2022, the case went to court.