Biography of Vera Tsvetkova (Sister Veronica, OP)

Born into a peasant family in Smolensk province in 1903. Had a high school education. Lived in Moscow and worked as a teacher in a music school. Converted to Catholicism and entered the Abrikosova community of Dominican Sisters, taking the name Sr. Veronica. March 8, 1924 – arrested in Moscow in a case against Russian Catholics. May 19, 1924 – sentenced under Article 68 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to three years’ exile [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Chernoye, Tobolsk region. May 9, 1927 – released, but prohibited from living in the six largest cities or the borderland regions for a period of three years. Returned to Moscow, enrolled in the Economics Institute. From 1932 she lived in Smolensk. August 22, 1933 – arrested in Sychevka, Smolensk region, where she was spending the holidays at her parents’ home. Sent to Moscow and imprisoned in Butyrka; drawn into the second case against Anna Abrikosova and other Russian Catholics. January 10, 1934 – sentenced under Articles 58-10 and 58-11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to three years in corrective labor camp [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Bamlag; released September 19, 1935. In 1956 Vera Khmeleva stated at an interrogation that Sr. Veronica ended up on occupied territory during the war (exact date and place of death unknown). Sources: Assumptionist Archives, Rome, 2ER.66, p. 1; GARF, f. 8409, op. 1, d. 73, l. 145; d. 75, l. 227-228; Osipova (1996), p. 208; Osipova (1999), p. 341; Abrikosova et al. (1924 and 1934); Ott; Sokolovskyi, p. 30
Variant Names:
Tsvetkova, Vera; Sister Veronica; T︠S︡vetkova, Vera Efimovna (Veronika)
Smolenskai︠a︡ oblastʹ (Russia); Moscow (Russia); Tobolʹsk (Russia); Sychevskiĭ raĭon (Russia); Baĭkal (Sli︠u︡di︠a︡nskiĭ raĭon, Russia)
female; clergy and religious; survived