Updated: April 22, 2024
Name: Bondarenko Tatyana Aleksandrovna
Date of Birth: May 16, 1960
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2), 282.2 (1.1)
Current restrictions: Suspended sentence
Sentence: punishment in the form of 5 years of imprisonment, the punishment shall be considered conditional with a probationary period of 2 years, with restriction of liberty for a period of 1 year 8 months

Biography

In 2022 Tatyana Bondarenko, a pensioner from the Far East Region, was accused by law enforcement officers of violating two articles of the Criminal Code on extremism because of conversations about the Bible.

Tatyana was born in May of 1960 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk Territory. Her mother was a builder who raised her daughter alone. The girl was fond of reading and attended ballet school.

Tatyana graduated from college and technical school and became a miller. After graduation, she worked in this profession for nine years.

In 1992 Tatyana married Vladimir. He is a carpenter and concrete worker, and he participated in the construction of the Eastern Space-Launch Complex. The couple have three adult sons. After her maternity leave, she worked as a maid until her retirement.

Tatyana became genuinely interested in the Bible. Her study of this book instilled in her a desire to become a Christian, which she did in 2005.

The search in October 2021 was very stressful for this elderly woman; she never expected that belief in God could be considered extremism. Her chronic illness worsened. Although the family does not share Tatyana's religious beliefs, they are worried about her. Her husband helps her to cope with these new difficulties.

Case History

In September 2021, the Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case on suspicion of participating in extremist activities against peaceful pensioner Tatyana Svoboda. In October 2021, she, as well as Elena Nesterova and Tatyana Bondarenko, were searched. Ten months later, in August 2022, Nesterova and Bondarenko were charged under two parts of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation at once. The case mentions a woman whom believers allegedly persuaded to participate in extremist activities - they read the Bible with her and discussed spiritual topics. In November 2022, the case went to court, and in March of the following year, the women were given five years of probation with a probationary period of two years. The appeal court upheld this decision, but added one year and eight months of freedom restriction.