In February 2016, the Archive of the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw accepted a collection of documents concerning Mr. Stefan Russel. He was born in 1888 and used to work as a forester in the Forest District of Hołody (in the Voivodship of Podlassia) until 1939. On 10th February 1940, he and his family were transferred to Altai Krai in the Soviet Union, where he served as a representative for the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and was in charge of, inter alia, keeping a register of the population, organizing school and medical points, feeding points for children, and allocating benefits to fellow citizens in the most difficult situation. By judgment of a Military Tribunal of the Western Siberian Military District of 12th November 1945, we was convicted to 10 years of imprisonment and 5 years of deprivation of public rights for espionage and counter-revolutionary activity in accordance with par. 58 of the Soviet Criminal Code. He died in a Soviet work camp in Irkutsk in 1950. The search for his burial place by the Red Cross and the Polish Embassy was not successful. Members of his family (wife Apolonia, daughter Danuta and son Kazimierz) returned to Poland in 1946, while his mother Krystyna died in exile in 1943.
The discussed documentation comprises of, inter alia, a certificate issued by the Branch Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Barnaul for Altai Krai and the District of Novosibirsk, confirming that Stefan Russel was a representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, a protocol of personal search and his arrest of 14th May 1945, and a rehabilitation certificate issued by the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation of 13th December 1993.