In August 1937, the ascetic was denounced, arrested, and charged with “active counter-revolutionary activity and spreading rumors about the imminent collapse of the collective farm system and Soviet power.”
Once, as Fr. Alexander was walking with his daughter and holding her hand, passers-by spat after him. Seeing his daughter’s pain, batiushka comforted her quietly, “Never mind, Tanya. This is going into our receptacle.”
Cheka officers left an interesting description of the confessor: “She is religious to the point of fanaticism. She makes her livelihood by teaching the Law of God... She attends church daily and distributes prosphora among the faithful...”
Blessed Nina’s zeal helped the faithful defend Lalsk Cathedral, and her persistent letters to Moscow stopped the attempts of the godless authorities to close the church.