Updated: July 15, 2024
Name: Dominova Aksana Otarovna
Date of Birth: March 8, 1970
Current status: suspect
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)


Dominova Aksana is a 51-year-old housewife. She has been one of Jehovah's Witnesses for 25 years. The believer, her relatives, friends and neighbors could not imagine that one day the security forces would come to her with a search and accuse Aksana of extremism.

Aksana was born in March 1970 in the village of Sunzha (North Ossetia). She grew up in a large friendly family. Aksana has 3 sisters, one of them shares her religious views. When Aksana was 4.5 years old, the family moved to Kabardino-Balkaria, the city of Maysky. During her school years, Aksana was engaged in artistic gymnastics, participated in competitions, received certificates and awards, attended a photo club, and went to dances.

In 1989, Aksana married Gennadiy. The couple raised two sons who love their parents very much and help them both financially and physically. The family loves to spend time together: to relax in the mountains, to go out with friends to nature.

Aksana recalls: “I often asked myself: what is the meaning of life? why is it so fleeting? if we were created mortals, why does death bring unbearable pain, why do we not have immunity against it? " She found the answers to these questions by studying the Bible. In 1996, Aksana became a Christian.

Despite the fact that Aksana's husband and sons do not share her religious views, they have an excellent relationship. All family members have deep respect for her beliefs. Relatives and friends were shocked by the criminal prosecution. It affected Aksana's poor health. The believer notes: "All relatives understand very well that I have nothing to do with extremism, and are ready to support me."

Case History

Almost a year after a series of searches in the criminal case against Kirill Gushchin, investigator A. M. Yakhtanigov separated the case against Kirill’s wife, Svetlana Gushchina, as well as Zareta Ortanova, Aksana Dominova, Svetlana Dubovkina and Olga Shulgina into separate proceedings. The women are suspected of participating in the activities of an extremist organization. The case involves falsifications and planting of banned literature. In July 2021, searches took place in three more houses of believers, where the security forces were looking for new “evidence”.