Believer ELIZAVETA EMELYANOVA, Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow)

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Elizaveta Emelyanova

Elizaveta Emelyanova (b. 2006), Orthodox believer of the Alexander Nevsky parish in Moscow

After the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, 16-year-old Emelyanova took part in an anti-war rally in Moscow on 6 March 2022. She was detained for participating in an illegal mass event (Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation). Due to being a minor, her case was considered by the Commission on Juvenile Affairs of the Akademicheskiy district of Moscow.

On 28 April 2022, the Commission chaired by D.L. Sheremet imposed an administrative penalty in the form of a warning to Elizaveta Emelyanova’s mother, Nadezhda Belyakova, church history researcher, for allegedly “improperly fulfilling her parental responsibilities”.

On 4 May 2022, the same Commission decided to terminate proceedings in the case of an administrative offence in relation to Elizaveta Emelyanova herself. The Head of the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Khvorino district of Moscow, O.Y. Dvornikov, appealed this decision to the Gagarinsky District Court of Moscow.

The Emelyanova family was forced to leave Russia.