During the Great Purge she spent the years of 1936-1942 in Kolymalabor camps (Sevvostlag "Directorate of Northeastern Camps") and 1942-1943 in exile. In 1946 she earned the degree of kandidat in ethnography with thesis "Elements of Dress of Volga Peoples as a Material for Ethnogenesis". She was repressed for the second time during 1947-1952 and served in Mordovia (Temlag, reorganized into Dubravlag in 1948) After serving the term she was permanently exiled to Yenisey. With the end of the Stalinist era she was amnestied on April 16, 1954 and fully rehabilitated in 1956.
Most of her research was in the area of ethnography of the peoples of the Soviet Union, Russian and Bulgarian folklore, and the history of the Russian ethnography. She also published short stories and poems. Two booklets of her poems were published posthumously.