This person is also involved in another criminal case as well:
Second Case of Prianikov and Others in Karpinsk
Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Dulova Venera Nikolayevna
Date of Birth: January 3, 1968
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: suspended sentence
Sentence: punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 2 years, the punishment shall be considered suspended with a probationary period of 2 years


In June 2018, Venera Dulova was detained by the police while talking on biblical topics. A month later, a criminal case was opened against a 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 Darya 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 pending before 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 June 2018, Venera Dulova and Aleksandr Pryanikov were detained for talking about the Bible. A criminal case was initiated against them under an article against extremism. A year later, Darya Dulova became the third defendant in the case. In January 2020, they were given suspended sentences ranging from 1 year to 2.5 years. The court of appeal in Yekaterinburg overturned the verdict and returned the case to the court of first instance. This time, the prosecutor requested a more severe punishment, but the court duplicated the first verdict. In March 2022, the court of appeal again overturned the verdict, acquitting the believers. The court cassation upheld this decision. However, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation overturned it in March 2023 and returned the case to the appeal stage, which returned the case to the prosecutor’s office, after which the court of cassation sent it for a new appeal hearing. A fourth appellate decision upheld the verdicts against Aleksandr and Venera. Darya is exempt from criminal liability, as the statute of limitations has expired. All three believers are defendants in another criminal case for their faith.