Zlatica has done an exc job of locating Жычин = Zhychin, which is 3 miles ESE of Malech. From late 18th century to 1921 derevnya/village Zhychin and Malech >Pruzhany uyezd (county) > Grodno gubernia/region > Tsarist Russia and later Soviet Russia. During the Interwar Period (1921-1938)this region came under Reconstituted Poland's domain. Technically Poland had not existed as a geopolitical entity for the previous 125 yrs+. Pruzhany was changed to Polish Pruzana powiat/county and the region was renamed to Polesie wojiwodstwo/region. Post WW2 this area became a part of Belarus SSR until 1991 when it became independent. Today Zhychin remains hamlet size > Berezovsky raion/district > Brest region > Belarus.
If Elena was Orthodox, you should be able to locate her records in Grodno. The filial Orthodox church was in Malech.
She may have been Greek Catholic, ethnically a Polischak***
(micro-ethnic Ruthenian). Filial GC Church was in Malech. Those records would be at the Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius. There are also some GC Church records for Grodno gubernia @ Lviv Historical Archives in Ukraine.
Polischaks spoke a dialect, cross between Ukrainian and Polish.
Following is genealogy link devoted to what is Belarus today. brestregion.com
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