The Izmailovsky District Court found Ivan Matveev guilty under two criminal articles, who had been pursuing Elena S. for more than two years and threatening to kill her, but left him without punishment. Matveev was found guilty under articles on violation of privacy (part 1 of article 137 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and on threats to kill (part 1 of article 119 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The court formally sentenced the defendant to 600 hours of compulsory work, but since the defendant had previously been prohibited from certain actions (in particular, he was forbidden to leave his place of residence and use the Internet), the court considered the imposed punishment in the form of compulsory work to be fully served, although Matveev obviously violated both prohibitions.
Elena's lawyer Ivan Pugachev said in a conversation with the Consortium of Women's Non-Governmental Associations that Matveev continues to persecute the girl and her parents, despite the court decision.
Elena broke up with him in 2020, but the man began to follow her in Moscow and other cities when she went on vacation. He collected information about Elena's movements in trains, planes and other transport through the database of the Ministry of Internal Affairs "Search Highway". He guarded her at the house, wrote messages with death threats, attacked her friends. When Elena changed her place of residence to hide from him, he installed an AirTag tracker on her mother's car to track her movements and learned a new address. The stalker hacked into Elena's Yandex.Navigator account, tracked where she was going or where she ordered food through the Yandex.Food app, and came to these addresses. The court also proved that Matveev repeatedly sent Elena death threats via mobile communications and mobile banking, and once sent threats with a photograph of a gun in a messenger. When a woman changed her mobile phone, the stalker recognized her new number almost immediately. To confirm the seriousness of his threats, he also broke the windows in Elena's apartment.
The woman contacted the police several times in connection with this, but each time she was refused to initiate criminal cases. After the story of Elena received publicity in the media, the chairman of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin , instructed to open a criminal case against Matveev. During the investigation, Matveev was under house arrest, although the investigation requested that he be taken into custody. Later, the preventive measure was changed to prohibition of certain actions.
As The Insider found out, Ivan Matveev is 31 years old, he was born in Astana, but lives in Moscow at 14 Izmaylovsky proezd. He graduated from the Russian University of Sports "GTSOLIFK" and currently works as a traffic arbitration specialist. Mental health problems also affected his work: in 2018, at the MoneyMakers arbitrage conference, he attacked one of the participants and started a fight with him, after which he sent threats to his pregnant wife in private messages with the words “I will cut out your family” and “I will make disabled."
After the court left Ivan Matveev without punishment, Elena S. stated that she could not feel safe.