Biography of Lyudmila Polibina

Born into a family of the nobility in St. Petersburg in 1890. Had a post-secondary education; lived in Leningrad, employed in an institution, attended Mass at the Russian Catholic Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit. In Moscow she met Fr. Sergey Soloviev and in 1926, under his guidance, she secretly converted to Catholicism and thereafter attended the Masses that Fr. Sergey celebrated in parishioners’ apartments. In 1931 she was arrested while attempting an illegal crossing of the USSR border. Sent to Moscow, imprisoned in Butyrka, and drawn into the investigation in a case against Russian Catholics (Soloviev and others). August 18, 1931 – sentenced to three years’ corrective labor [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to the Novosibirsk section of Siblag. Fate thereafter unknown. We present excerpts from her statements at her interrogation on February 16, 1931: “I believe that Soviet power is carrying out a religious persecution, and the cases against the Abrikosov community and Fr. Sloskans are flagrant examples of this persecution. All of Moscow talks of these sensational cases.” Sources: GARF, f. 8409, op. 1, d. 843, l. 1-3; d. 1150, l. 64-68, 84; Osipova (1996), p. 191; Osipova (1999), p. 336; Soloviev et al.; Sokolovskyi, p. 159; Shkarovskii, p. 277
Variant Names:
Polibina, Lyudmila; Polibina, Liudmila Nikolaevna
Saint Petersburg (Russia); Moscow (Russia)
female; laity; fate unknown