Anastasia Zotova married jailed Russian dissident Ildar Dadin in a February 2016 ceremony inside his prison. Her husband was serving a three-year sentence for peacefully protesting Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
Although his protests were legal according to the Constitution of Russia, he was tried under Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code, making Dadin the first person to be convicted and imprisoned under this article. Article 212.1 contradicts the Russian constitution and has been considered before the Constitutional Court of Russia.
Days after Zotova’s testimony at the Geneva Summit, the Supreme Court of Russia ordered her husband’s release and awarded him compensation for his unlawful criminal prosecution.