Minin, Sergei Konstantinovich
Born June 29 (July 11), 1882, in Dubovka, now in Volgograd Oblast; died Jan. 8, 1962, in Moscow. Participant in the revolutionary movement in Russia. Member of the Communist Party from 1905. Son of a priest.
Minin joined the revolutionary movement in 1903. He conducted party work in the Volga and Don regions. After the February Revolution of 1917 he became chairman of the Tsaritsyn soviet and of the committee of the RSDLP (Bolshevik). In late 1917 he became chief of the defense staff in the struggle against the Kaledin forces. In July 1918, Minin became a member of the revolutionary military council of the Northern Caucasus Military District, a member of the revolutionary military council of the Tenth Army, and a member of the collegium of the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs in Moscow. At the Eighth Congress of the RCP (Bolshevik) in 1919 he sided with the “military opposition.” In 1920–21 he was a member of the revolutionary military council of the First Cavalry Army. In 1921–22 he was assistant commander for political affairs of the troops of the Ukraine and the Crimea, as well as a member of both the Central Committee of the CP (Bolshevik) of the Ukraine and of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Ukraine. In 1923, Minin became rector of the Communist University. In 1925 he became head of the State University in Lenin-grad and a member of the Northwestern Bureau of the Central Committee of the ACP (Bolshevik). In 1925 he sided with the “new opposition.”
Minin was a delegate to the Sixth, Eighth through Eleventh, and Thirteenth through Fifteenth Party Congresses. For reasons of health, he left public activity in 1927. He was granted a personal pension in 1954. Minin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.