Biography of Antoni Melnikov (Melnikas)

Born into a worker’s family in Sapozhniki, Suwaƚki province, in 1899. Graduated from the city school in Samara and then studied at the seminary in Petrograd, but did not complete the course. In 1928 he was drawn into the investigation in a case against Catholic clergy and laity, but not convicted. In 1932 he was working as a junior foreman at [Mgravlenii ochistki ?] in Leningrad and was an organist at St. Catherine Church. November 21, 1932 – arrested and drawn into the investigation in a case against Catholic clergy and laity who had been transferred from Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp to Leningrad Prison. May 27, 1933 – sentenced under Articles 58-10 and 58-11 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to three years in corrective labor camp [Special Troika, OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Svirlag (Lodeynoye Polye Station), where he worked as a senior carter; in December he was transferred to general labor. In the mid-1930s he was released from the camp. Settled in Kelme (Lithuania); in 1963 he moved to Leningrad where he became an organist and director of the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Jun 18, 1975 – died in Leningrad and was buried in North Cemetery. Source: Investigatory Matter 590614, Central Archive, FSB, Russian Federation; Shkarovskii, pp. 271-272
Variant Names:
Melnikov, Antoni; Melnikas, Antoni; Mel'nikov (Mel'nikas), Anton Tomashevich
Suwałki (Poland : Powiat); Saint Petersburg (Russia); Samara (Russia); Kelmė (Lithuania)
male; laity; survived