This person is also involved in another criminal case as well:
Case of Prianikov and Others in Karpinsk
Updated: May 24, 2024
Name: Dulova Darya Igorevna
Date of Birth: March 10, 2000
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1.1)


In May 2019, in the city of Karpinsk (Sverdlovsk Region), a criminal case was opened for her faith against 19-year-old student Darya Dulova. According to the investigators, because of her religion, she has a "psychological effect on society", being in collusion with her own mother, a hearing-impaired person involved in the same case. Darya became one of the youngest accused in the trials against Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia.

Darya was born in 2000 in the city of Krasnoturyinsk (Sverdlovsk region), but has lived all her life in neighboring Karpinsk. Darya is the youngest of 3 children. The father provides for the family, and the mother runs the household.

As a child, Darya was fond of macrame, beading, volleyball, dancing, singing, music, studied foreign languages and went on hikes. At the time of the initiation of the criminal case, she was a 4th year college student with a degree in public catering technology. I did an internship in a cafe, and worked there for a short time. Loves books, theater, walks in the woods.

When Darya was 16 years old, she seriously considered becoming a Christian. She was especially moved by the fact that there are people who know the Holy Scriptures well and are ready to live as it teaches.

The criminal prosecution affected Darya’s emotional and physical health. From the stress she experienced, she became afraid of knocks on the door, stopped keeping a diary, writing poetry, and even taking notes on her phone. She is very worried that all this will be taken away again. Relatives cannot believe that criminal prosecution for the faith of entire families is a reality.

In July 2021, the court found Darya guilty of participating in the activities of a banned organization and sentenced her to 1 year of probation. Her mother, Venus, received a 2-year suspended sentence for talking about the Bible. Mother and daughter are defendants in another criminal case for belief in Jehovah, which is being considered by another judge.

Case History

In February 2020, even before the completion of the hearings in the first case against Aleksandr Pryanikov, Venera and Daria Dulov, the Investigative Committee initiated another one: they were accused of organizing, participating and involving in the activities of an extremist organization. Also involved in the case are Anastasia Pryanikova, Alexandr’s wife, Svetlana Zalyaeva, and her husband Ruslan, who is not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. For the fact that the Zalyaevs, inviting Pryanikov to visit, discussed evangelical values with their children, the three of them were also accused of “involving minors in a criminal group.” The case went to court in April 2021. In August 2023, the judge returned the case to the prosecutor due to irregularities in the indictment. In October, the appeal upheld this decision.