Table of contents:
- Alexander Makarov and Elena Izofatova
- Leonid Kovyazin and Evgenia Tarasova
- Ildar Dadin and Anastasia Zotova
- Sergey Polonsky and Olga Deripasko
- Nikita Belykh and Ekaterina Reifert
- Mikhail Abyzov and Valentina Grigorieva
- Konstantin Kotov and Anna Pavlikova
A wedding is associated primarily with a holiday: a bride in a white dress, a groom in a suit, flowers, many guests and champagne. But sometimes marriages are concluded in places of confinement, where usually there is no time for a solemn entourage, guests and, of course, alcohol. However, it is over for those entering into marriage, if they are bound by real feelings, usually it does not matter what the situation around them is. In our today's review - well-known figurants who decided to start a family in captivity.
Alexander Makarov and Elena Izofatova
The beloved of the former mayor of Tomsk worked as a journalist at a local TV channel and at first did not have any special feelings for him. Rather, she treated him with prejudice, like any official. The ex-mayor began to look after Elena after he was released from custody in 2010 on recognizance not to leave: since 2006, an investigation has been conducted into the case of Alexander Makarov's abuse of office. In 2012, Alexander Makarov and Elena Izofatova officially registered their relationship. The marriage took place within the walls of the correctional colony No. 3 in Irkutsk. In 2016, Makarov was released on parole. Currently, he is still happy with his third wife Elena Izofatova, who is 26 years younger than her husband.
Leonid Kovyazin and Evgenia Tarasova
A Vyatka journalist who filmed a rally on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow in 2012, and then rushed to help the protesters, was in custody from September 2012 to December 2013, when Leonid Kovyazin was released under an amnesty. In the pre-trial detention center, the marriage of the journalist and his bride Evgenia Tarasova took place. The mothers of the bride and groom, as well as the brother of the groom, Vasily, were witnesses. But outside the windows of the pre-trial detention center, many people gathered to support Leonid and congratulate him on his wedding. True, the "guests" behaved quietly, did not shout slogans and did not wave banners, but simply expressed their support for those who created their families behind bars.
Ildar Dadin and Anastasia Zotova
The well-known opposition activist was the first to be convicted in Russia for multiple violations of the rules for holding public events. While in a pre-trial detention center, Ildar Dadin in 2016, with the permission of the Basmanny Court of the capital, married human rights activist Anastasia Zotova, whom he began to meet almost two years before his arrest. The ceremony took place within the walls of the pre-trial detention center. On February 26, 2017, Dadin was released, and in May he announced his divorce from his wife. According to the activist, the reason for the separation was Anastasia's betrayal.
Sergey Polonsky and Olga Deripasko
A Russian businessman, sentenced in 2017 to 5 years in a fraud case, was held in Matrosskaya Tishina from 2015 to 2017 after he was deported from Cambodia, where he lived on his own island for three years. In June 2016, he officially registered his marriage with his common-law wife Olga Deripasko, relations with whom had lasted for 12 years by that time. On the eve of the wedding, Olga said in an interview that during his stay in the pre-trial detention center, Polonsky wrote her almost 400 letters, one a day.
An eccentric businessman made an offer to his bride in a very exotic way: during a court hearing to consider his appeal, Polonsky handed Olga a hand-rolled paper ring through the bars of the lattice. After the ceremony, they were allowed an hour-long meeting, but even this did not spoil their mood: the newlyweds were happy no matter what. A little more than a year after the wedding, the entrepreneur was released from serving his sentence due to the expiration of the statute of limitations, and he was finally able to reunite with his beloved.
Nikita Belykh and Ekaterina Reifert
Nikita Belykh also proposed to Ekaterina Reifert during a court hearing. The former governor of the Kirov region, accused of taking a bribe, married his beloved woman on November 14, and two weeks later, on November 30, 2017, they got married within the walls of Lefortovo. At the same time, Nikita Belykh met his future wife on the Internet, drawing attention to the poems written by Catherine herself and published on her page on the social network. After the court sentenced Nikita Belykh to 8 years in prison, the ex-governor is serving his sentence in Colony No. 5 in the village of Klekotki, Ryazan Region. In early August 2019, Ekaterina announced her divorce from her husband, allegedly due to threats coming to her address related to her business.
Mikhail Abyzov and Valentina Grigorieva
This wedding has not yet taken place, but Mikhail Abyzov, a former minister of the Open Government, accused of large-scale embezzlement and withdrawal of money abroad, has already made an offer to his common-law wife Valentina Grigorieva, which she accepted. Their acquaintance took place on a social network after the politician divorced his first wife, and in 2018 Mikhail Abyzov and Valentina Grigorieva had a son, Matvey.
Before meeting her future husband, the girl served as an Aeroflot flight attendant, managed to graduate from a technical university, receiving a marketing diploma, and she also took part in the third and fourth seasons of the reality show "Top Model in Russian".
Konstantin Kotov and Anna Pavlikova
On October 17, 2019, two defendants in high-profile political cases were married at once. Konstantin Kotov has already been sentenced to four years for violating the rules for holding public events, Anna Pavlikova is being held in the case of the New Greatness organization, in which all participants are accused of creating an extremist community with the aim of seizing power. At first, Anna was in jail, and Kostya was one of those who supported her.
When Anna was released under house arrest, the young people began dating during the two-hour walks allowed for the girl. The condemnation of the groom was a strong blow to the girl, whose health condition left much to be desired. They became husband and wife in Matrosskaya Tishina, and when they happen to meet, it is completely incomprehensible, because the conditions of detention under house arrest do not provide for permission to visit the husband in the colony.
The truth of the popular proverb that one cannot renounce prison and the bag is often confirmed. In the era of the USSR, one could get a prison sentence not only for real crimes, but also on trumped-up charges. Representatives of the intelligentsia, actors, scientists, and politicians were sent to camps. We suggest recalling those celebrities who served an undeserved sentence in prison or in camps.