This person is also involved in another criminal case as well:
The Case of Pryanikov and Others in Karpinsk
Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Dulova Venera Nikolayevna
Date of Birth: January 3, 1968
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (1.1)


In June 2018, Venera Dulova was detained by the police while talking about biblical topics. A month later, a criminal case was opened against the peaceful believer, accusing her of participating in the activities of a banned organization. More than a year later, the case went to court. In July 2021, Venera and her daughter Daria were found guilty and sentenced to 2 years and 1 year of probation, respectively. A second criminal case has also been initiated against the believer, which is under consideration by another judge.

Venera was born in 1968 in Karpinsk. She was raised by her mother and grandmother. As a child, she was very fond of reading, knitting, at school she was an excellent student, she especially liked the exact sciences. She attended an orienteering club.

When Venera was in eighth grade, her mother was already very sick. She encouraged her daughter to leave school and go to study at a mechanical engineering college in order to get a profession as early as possible. When she was 14 years old, her grandmother died, and two years later her mother also died. After graduating from college, Venera worked at a factory. She got married in 1990. With her husband Igor, they have three children and 30 years of a happy marriage behind them.

Since childhood, Venera had problems with hearing, since 1996 she has been a disabled person of the III group. In 1998, she was laid off at work and since then she has been running a household and raising children. In his leisure hours, he likes to knit, read books about travel, adventure, as well as classics. In the summer he spends a lot of time in the garden.

From childhood, Venera saw her grandmother, a devout Lutheran, read books about God every day. The content of these books was a mystery to her, since they were written in German and Latin. Very early on, Venera began to ask questions: why do people die? why not end the wars in any way? why is it not possible to treat the Earth with care? what future awaits my children? At 28, she finally found the answers to all her questions through a thorough Bible study. She admired the historical accuracy, simplicity, and wisdom of the teachings in this book.

The spouse and older children, who do not share the religious views of Venera, are very worried about her. “It is necessary to catch and imprison bandits, thieves, criminals, not my mother,” said Venera’s eldest daughter.

Case History

In February 2020, before the completion of the hearings in the first case against Aleksandr Pryanikov, Venera and Darya Dulova, the Investigative Committee initiated another one on charges of organizing, participating and involving in the activities of an extremist organization. Also involved in the case are Anastasiya Pryanikova, Aleksandr'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. In April 2024, the Court of Cassation also agreed with him.