The Rev. Woldemar Rüger was born in 1891 in Saratov. In 1928 he was serving as a seminary lecturer, but from 1928 to 1934 he served the parish of St. Michaels in Moscow. He was arrested and exiled to Siberia where he died in 1939.
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen – Evangelischer Teil (Stuttgart: AER Verlag Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Rußland, 1978): 167.