An Austrian former prisoner of war witnessed that in 1948 the Soviet “authorities” discovered a secret women’s monastery 200 kilometers from the prisoner of war camp in the forests of Siberia, not far from the Arctic circle.
A sentry found a small settlement of dug-outs where 22 nuns, mainly elderly, were living. The monastery had existed for 30 years without anybody knowing anything about it. The arrested nuns used to pray: “Lord, defend us from the Antichrist!”
They were sentenced to ten years in a corrective labor camp for non-registration, non-payment
of taxes and non-fulfillment of laws concerning school and work obligations.