Russian Jehovah's Witness finds €6,000 and returns money to owner

In November 2014, Svetlana Nemchinova, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, found an envelope on the street containing 6,000 euros (over $6,800 U.S.). After a lengthy search for the owner, she was able to return the money. Ms. Nemchinova’s altruism was reported on television, the radio, and in several online news articles.

Ms. Nemchinova is a street cleaner in the city of Vologda, approximately 450 kilometers (280 mi) northeast of Moscow. While on the job, she noticed a plain envelope. Looking inside, she discovered a large sum of money. Although Ms. Nemchinova and her three children live modestly in a 12-square-meter (129 sq ft) apartment, she states: “I didn’t even think of keeping the money. Right away I thought about the person who surely was feeling terrible.”

In an effort to find the owner, Ms. Nemchinova first posted an announcement on nearby buildings. When no one responded, Ms. Nemchinova took the money to a nearby bank, since the envelope of money contained a receipt with the bank’s name on it. The bank determined that the money belonged to Pavel Smirnov. After making several attempts to contact Mr. Smirnov, the bank was finally able to inform him that Ms. Nemchinova found his money.

An article published in the Russian newspaper Premier states: “Svetlana does not see anything outstanding in her actions. She is a religious person and regularly reads the Bible.” Ms. Nemchinova further explained to Premier that her actions were a result of applying what is often called the Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12: “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.”

Artist Pavel Smirnov poses with Svetlana Nemchinova after she returned his lost money.
Mr. Smirnov, an artist who invented a special composition of paint, had been saving the money to purchase specialized equipment to further his research of dye structures. “Words cannot express how thankful I am to Svetlana,” stated Mr. Smirnov. “After what Svetlana did, your faith in people is restored. There is only one thing left to say: ‘There is a God!’

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  1. Where are the detractors who never see anything good in Jw's. Jehovah will bless you

  2. Riah Dela Cruz PumarasApril 16, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    You made a very fine and honest deeds my sister.
    All Jehovahs Witnesses may carried the things you have done.
    Jehovah will be delighted to blessed you more.

  3. That is the teaching from Jehovah.

  4. Only people live on the bible principles can do that. AGAPE

  5. Eklu Mawutor KingsleyApril 21, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    wow.all true witnesses will do dat bcoz dey ar govern by bible principls but very few in de world wil do dat

  6. A fine witness! ALL Praise to Jehovah our Almighty Sovereign of the Universe - maybe this will soften the hearts of the ones persecuting them in Russia. ....


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