This person is also involved in another criminal case as well:
Second Case of Prianikov and Others in Karpinsk
Updated: July 19, 2024
Name: Prianikov Aleksandr Vitaliyevich
Date of Birth: May 18, 1987
Current status: convicted person
Articles of Criminal Code of Russian Federation: 282.2 (2)
Current restrictions: suspended sentence
Sentence: punishment in the form of 2 years 6 months of imprisonment, the punishment is considered conditional with a probationary period of 2 years


In June 2018, Aleksandr Pryanikov was arrested by the police while talking on biblical topics. A month later, a criminal case was opened against the peaceful believer, accusing him of participating in the activities of a banned organization. More than a year later, the case went to court. In July 2021, Pryanikov was found guilty and sentenced to 2.5 years of probation. A second criminal case was also initiated against the believer, which is pending before another judge.

Aleksandr was born in 1987 in the village of Udinsk (Khabarovsk Territory). He has two sisters. Mom is retired now, father works on a watch. Back in the early 1990s, Aleksandr's family moved to Norilsk (Krasnoyarsk Territory), and in the summer of 1997 — to the city of Nazarovo, where his parents still live. From childhood, Aleksandr was fond of music: he studied at the music school in the accordion class, participated in competitions, in which he often took first places. For some time he was engaged in weightlifting.

After school, Aleksandr graduated from the Nazarov Power Engineering College with a degree in Power Plants, Networks and Systems. He worked as an electrician at a factory of reinforced concrete structures.

From childhood, Aleksandr sincerely believed in the existence of God and read the Bible. His heart was deeply moved by God's promise that people would never die again. Due to his Christian beliefs, which did not allow taking up arms, he underwent alternative civilian service in a boarding house for the elderly and disabled in Kemerovo.

Aleksandr does not work in his specialty, but is engaged in a small-income business — the manufacture of decorative tiles for sale. In his free time, he tries to keep himself in physical shape and learns to repair computer equipment.

Aleksandr met his future wife Anastasiya in Kemerovo, when he was doing alternative civilian service there. They got married in 2011. Anastasiya is a seamstress by profession. He loves making various souvenirs, postcards and gifts with his own hands. In May 2020, Anastasiya also became accused in a criminal case of extremism — already the second in which her husband appears.

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.