Aleksandr Vasilevich Shishkov

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Shishkov, Aleksandr Vasil’evich


Born Nov. 3 (15), 1883, in Moscow; died July 8, 1920, in the village of Dubrovino, in present-day Novosibirsk Oblast. Participant in the revolutionary movement in Russia. Member of the Communist Party from 1904.

Shishkov was born into a worker family. He passed the test as an extramural student to receive the title public school teacher (narodnyi uchitel’). During the Revolution of 1905–07, he carried on party work among the railroad workers of Moscow. In 1908, Shishkov became a member of the Moscow Committee of the RSDLP and then worked in Sevastopol’ and Nizhny Novgorod (now Gorky). Shishkov was arrested numerous times and exiled in 1914.

In 1917, Shishkov participated in the struggle to establish Soviet power in the city of Tomsk and Tomsk Province. He worked in the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs of the RSFSR in 1918 and served as chairman of the Vladimir provincial executive committee. In 1919 he became a member of the All-Ukrainian Central Executive Committee and a member of the Revolutionary Tribunal of the Ukrainian SSR; he also served as deputy chairman of the All-Ukrainian Extraordinary Commission, chairman of the Vladimir and Tomsk provincial extraordinary commissions, and head of the military department of the Siberian Revolutionary Committee.

A monument to the memory of Shishkov has been erected in Tomsk (1953; sculptor, G. Shemberg).


Bortsy za vlast’ Sovetov, fasc. 1. [Tomsk] 1959.
Shishkova, A. A., and I. E. Polikarenko. “A. V. Shishkov.” Istoriia SSSR, 1970, no. 1.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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