Biography of Father Aleksey Anisimov

Born into a peasant family in the Petrovsk district of Saratov province in 1874. He completed a three-grade school in Saratov. In 1922, on the recommendation of Father Vladimir Abrikosov, OP, pastor of the Moscow parish of Russian Catholics, Archbishop Jan Cieplak ordained him a priest of the Eastern Rite in Petrograd. He lived with his family in Saratov and worked as a bookkeeper at Promstroi. In 1928 and 1929 he visited Bishop Neveu in Moscow and received from him money for mailing parcels to convicted priests in Solovki. April 14, 1931 – arrested in Saratov and charged with “anti-Soviet agitation.” In the materials of the investigation related to the case against Russian Catholics (Soloviev et al.), there are statements of the defendants about Father Aleksey’s aid in transmitting money to Father Sergey Soloviev from Father Augustine Baumtrog. During the investigation, the charge of “anti-Soviet agitation” could not be proven and on December 16, 1931, Father Aleksey was released. In 1934 he retired [from his bookkeeping job]; he continued to say Mass clandestinely in his apartment. At the end of December 1937 he was again arrested in Saratov. Charged with “belonging to German intelligence organs, to which he had been recruited in 1932 by Father German of the Roman Catholic Church”; also charged with saying Mass secretly in his apartment and “defeatist anti-Soviet agitation.” December 8, 1937 – sentenced to death under Articles 58-6 and 58-10 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR [Troika of Directorate, NKVD, USSR, Saratov oblast]. December 10, 1937 – shot, in Saratov Prison. Source: Soloviev et al.; Osipova (1996), p. 147; Sokolovskyi, pp. 6-7.
Variant Names:
Anisimov, Alekseĭ Maksimovich; Anisimov, Aleksey
Makhachkala (Russia); Saratov (Russia); Moscow (Russia)
male; clergy and religious; executed