Updated: July 17, 2024
Name: Kochneva Natalya Andreyevna
Date of Birth: January 11, 1978
Current status: defendant
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)


The 42-year-old mother of two sons, Natalya Kochneva, suddenly found herself in the sight of the special services. During the search, the family experienced severe stress.

Nataliya was born in 1978 in the city of Alapaevsk (Sverdlovsk region). She was the only child in the family. As a child, she went to a theater club, was fond of Indian dances, basketball and karate, read a lot.

Natalya graduated with honors from college as an accountant lawyer. She lived in Artyomovsky, and being 19 years old moved to Beryozovsky.

Natalya works as a chief accountant in a company selling auto parts. Engaged in the study of Turkish language, still loves to read, happy to travel.

When she was 12 years old Natalya started reading the Bible on her own and saw that God has a personal name. A few years later she met those who know and use it. Spiritual searches convinced her of the consistency of the Bible and gave answers to many questions. At the age of 24 she consciously entered the Christian way.

Natalia was married from 2000 to 2020, two children were born in marriage: Daniil and Matvey. The eldest, Daniil, got the profession of a master of housing and communal services, actively engaged in sports and is fond of technology. Matvey is mastering the profession of a welder in a technical school, is engaged in music. In addition, he took on all the hard domestic work. Natalya and her sons love to travel on mountain bikes, enjoy the sunsets by the lake, and sleep in tents.

Case History

In October 2020, the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Sverdlovsk Region opened a criminal case against Konstantin Zotov and Natalia Kochneva from the city of Berezovsky. Shortly thereafter, a series of searches took place in the homes of 10 believers. In September 2021, the investigation brought in 5 more believers as defendants - Kristina Gruzdeva, Valentina Kugukov, Alexandra Zakharova and the Fokin spouses, Stanislav and Marina. In October, another criminal case was opened against Zotov. In March 2022, a new version of the charge was brought against Konstantin — the believer is being persecuted under several articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation at once.