Biography of Kapitolina Podlivakhina

Born into a peasant family in Arzamas, Nizhegorod province, in 1869. Finished high school. Lived in St. Petersburg, worked as a midwife. Became a Catholic in 1912. From 1919 she worked in a maternity home in Petrograd, and from 1921 she managed the household of Leonid Feodorov, Exarch of the Russian Catholics. She was the secretary of the parish committee for Descent of the Holy Spirit Russian Catholic Church and participated in the St. Vincent de Paul Society, rendering aid to clergy and laity serving prison terms or in exile. November 17, 1923 – arrested in a case against Russian Catholics. May 19, 1924 – sentenced under Article 61 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to ten years’ imprisonment [OGPU Collegium]. Worked in the hospital of Lefortovo Prison; May 1926 – sent to the Suzdal political isolator; March 28, 1927 – prison term replaced with exile to the Urals [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Troitsk, Ural region; released June 10, 1932, with no restrictions on residence. Returned to Leningrad, age 64. Fate thereafter unknown. Translator’s Note: See Mailleux, p. 99, for mention of this woman’s selfless assistance to Fr. Feodorov when he was ill during his exile in Tobolsk and his mother was too infirm to be able to care for him. The Catholic community in Petrograd paid the expenses for her trip. Sources: GARF, f. 8409, op. 1, d. 37, l. 342-343; d. 42, l. 53; d. 128, l. 270-277; d. 850, l. 75-80; Osipova (1996), pp. 190-191; Osipova (1999), p. 335; Abrikosova et al. (1924); Sokolovskyi, pp. 158-159; Shkarovskii, p. 277
Variant Names:
Podlivakhina, Kapitolina; Podlivakhina, Kapitolina Nikolaevna
Arzamas (Russia); Saint Petersburg (Russia)
female; laity; fate unknown