Biography of Michaƚ Czekan

Born into a peasant family in Tatarka, Vilnius province, in 1882. Educated at home. Lived in Leningrad, worked in an office but later became unemployed. He was chairman of the parish council of St. Catherine Church. October 9, 1929 – arrested in a case against Catholic clergy and laity. Charged with participation “in a counter-revolutionary organization, distribution of anti-Soviet literature, and aid to convicts.” September 13, 1930 – sentenced under Articles 58-6 and 58-14 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to ten years in corrective labor camp [OGPU Collegium]. Sent to Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp. September 7, 1931 – sentence reduced to eight years [Prosecutor, USSR All-Union Central Executive Committee]. October 1, 1936 – released from camp. Departed for Leningrad oblast. Fate thereafter unknown. Sources: Archive of the Directorate, Ministry of the Interior, Arkhangelsk oblast; Archive of the Directorate, Ministry of the Interior, St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; Dzwonkowski, p. 201; Investigatory Matters 547540 fp and 102235 fp, Central Archive, FSB, Russian Federation; Shkarovskii, p. 286
Variant Names:
Czekan, Michaƚ; Chekan, Mikhail Kazimirovich
Saint Petersburg (Russia); Vilniaus apskritis (Lithuania)
male; laity; fate unknown