Ilya Mogarychev

1889 – 1938
Manager, Agro-Joint, Simferopol, Crimea

Ilya Mogarychev was the Manager of the Agro-Joint office in Simferopol, Crimea. He was arrested by the NKVD in 1937 and charged with “actively participating in anti-Soviet propaganda.” He was sentenced to death and executed in 1938. He was “rehabilitated” (his name was officially cleared) in 1956.


Extended Profile

Ilya Aryevich Mogarychev, born in Armiansky Bazar, Crimea, Tavrida gubernia (today Ukraine) in 1889, was the Manager of the Agro-Joint office in Simferopol, Crimea. He served as a guide to Evelyn M. Morrissey, the Assistant Treasurer of the American Society for Jewish Farm Settlements in Russia (the fund raising body for Agro-Joint in the United States), when she visited the Soviet Union on a fact-finding mission in 1936. Morrissey later published a detailed account of her visit. Mogarychev was arrested by the NKVD (People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs) on December 8, 1937, and charged with “actively participating in anti-Soviet propaganda.” He was sentenced to death on February 9, 1938, by the NKVD Troika of the Crimean SSAR (Soviet Socialist Autonomous Republic) and executed on the following day. Mogarychev was “rehabilitated” (his name was officially cleared) on November 23, 1956, by the Military Tribunal of the Odessa Military District.


Sources

GARK (The State Archive of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea).

Mitsel, Mikhail. “The Final Chapter: Agro-Joint Workers – Victims of the Great Terror in the USSR, 1937-1940.” Eastern European Jewish Affairs, Vol. 39, No. 1, April 2009.

Morrissey, Evelyn. Workers and Farmers in the Crimea and Ukraine. New York: privately printed, 1937.