Biography of Father Mikoƚaj Strusiewicz

Born into a peasant family in Bar, Zhytomyr province, on September 10, 1885. Graduated from gymnasium in Nemyriv and from Zhytomyr Seminary and was ordained in 1911 for the Diocese of Lutsk-Zhytomyr. From 1911 he served in Novoselki, Letychiv deanery; from 1914, in Novyi Zavod, Novohrad-Volynskyi deanery. The GPU put pressure on him using all possible means, even death threats, and despite the defense of his parishioners he was arrested at the end of 1929 and sentenced under Article 16-80 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR to five years in corrective labor camp with loss of rights for five years [OGPU Collegium]. From March 1931 he was in the Yaroslavl Political Isolator, from where he appealed to the Polish Red Cross in August, requesting that his name be placed on lists of prisoners for an exchange with Poland, but the authorities refused to allow him to be part of any exchange. In April 1933 he was sent to Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp; released March 25, 1935 and banished to the Northern Territory for five years. March 31 he wrote to the Polish Red Cross from Arkhangelsk describing his life in exile, which turned out to be worse than in the camp. In August 1935 he was transferred to Tentiukovo, and then later to Syktyvkar, where he lived with Fr. Wiktor Stronczyński. August 6, 1935 – arrested. January 10, 1938 – sentenced to death under Articles 58-1(a) and 58-10(1) [Special Board, USSR NKVD]. January 18, 1938 – shot, in Syktyvkar Prison. Source: Archive of the Directorate, Ministry of the Interior, Komi Republic; GARF, f. 8406, op. 2, d. 5647, l. 1, 8, 9, 35, 46, 52; Osipova (1996), p. 202; Investigatory Matter 1733 fp, Archive TsGAOO (Ukraine); Dzwonkowski, pp. 457-458; Madała, p. 146
Variant Names:
Strusiewicz, Mikoƚaj; Strusevich, Nikolaĭ Vladislavovich
Bar (Vinnyt︠s︡ʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine); Nemyriv (Vinnyt︠s︡ʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine); Novosilky (Ukraine); I︠A︡roslavlʹ (I︠A︡roslavskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia); Severnyĭ kraĭ (R.S.F.S.R.); Syktyvkar (Russia)
male; clergy and religious; executed