Biography of Klementina Kalygina

Born into a family of the nobility in Vilnius in 1888. Completed higher education. In 1920 she was living in Petrograd; she worked as a milliner at Women’s Labor Factory and belonged to one of the parishes. She became a Third Order Franciscan. November 26, 1929 – arrested. September 8, 1930 – sentenced to five years in corrective labor camps [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to the camps; upon release she was restricted from living in the six major cities and the borderland regions. In December 1936 she was living in Kostroma; later she moved to Kaluga, where Fr. Paweƚ Chomicz was at that time living in exile. In August 1939 she went to Leningrad with Fr. Paweƚ, where they both lived illegally. She took an active part in the clandestine Masses that Fr. Paweƚ said in parishioners’ apartments. She maintained the community’s contact with [the French Dominican] Fr. Michel Florent, O.P. and Fr. Leopold Braun, A.A. July 17, 1942 – arrested in connection with the case against Fr. Chomicz and others. Accused of “organizing an underground church where secret worship services were held and damaging, anti-Soviet agitation was conducted.” September 1, 1942 – sentenced under Articles 58-10 and 58-11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to ten years of corrective labor camps [Military Tribunal, NKVD, Leningrad oblast]. Fate thereafter unknown. Source: Investigatory Matter P-83605, Archive of the Directorate of the FSB, Russian Federation for St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; Shkarovskii, p. 263
Variant Names:
Kalygina, Klementina; Kalygina, Klementina Stanislavovna; Kalygina, Klementyna
Vilnius (Lithuania); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Kostroma (Kostromskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia); Kaluga (Kaluzhskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia)
female; clergy and religious; fate unknown