Sure, there’s a book about a priest in Russia.
Rev. Walter Ciszek, S.J. (November 4, 1904–December 8, 1984) was a Polish-American Jesuit priest known for his clandestine missionary work in the Soviet Union between 1939 and 1963.
Fifteen of these years were spent in confinement and hard labor in the Gulag, including five in Moscow’s infamous Lubyanka prison. He was released and returned to the United States in 1963, after which he wrote two books, including the memoir With God in Russia, and served as a spiritual director.
Since 1990, Ciszek has been under investigation by the Roman Catholic Church for possible beatification or canonization. His current title is a Servant of God.
Haven’t read anything but the very beginning, but he went during a difficult time. He rationally found a lot of reasons NOT to go such as danger so he decided not to go, but he thought he would be happy there and still wanted to go so he changed his mind and headed over. I think he was then soon caught and imprisoned.
The best way for the reputation to be restored is not for Catholics to debate endlessly but for Muslims to be touched and inspired by the love of Catholics and to witness out of their own freewill. That seems to require interacting Muslims interacting with Catholics, which won’t happen in the Middle East unless there are Catholics there. Try and read his books. * With God in Russia, (with Daniel L. Flaherty, S.J.), memoir
* He Leadeth Me, (with Daniel L. Flaherty, S.J.), memoir. If he gets canonized, then you are on the right path.
However, “preaching” may not be as relevant as loving, serving, and saying Mass. If your goal is to preach in a country that doesn’t allow preaching, St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel; if necessary, use words” suggests inappropriateness as this would not seem to be necessary when illegal. If the goal is to make sure that the Eucharist is celebrated everywhere, including the Middle East, that seems noble.
Also, I doubt it is illegal to preach EVERYWHERE, so perhaps find a place where it is not illegal and become a parish priest, and this will be your weekly job.