Emelian Malenkov

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Malenkov, Emel’ian Mikhailovich


Born Aug. 4, 1890, in Bogorodsk, now Noginsk in Moscow Oblast; died Oct. 5, 1918, in Menzelinsk, in the present-day Tatar ASSR. An active participant in the October Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War of 1918-20. Became a member of the Communist Party in 1912.

Malenkov was a metalworker. He joined the revolutionary movement in 1905. In 1915 he was condemned to four years at hard labor for antiwar agitation, but he was freed after the February Revolution of 1917. Malenkov organized the Red Guard in the Sokorniki District of Moscow. He served as a member of the Moscow Central Headquarters of the Red Guard and as a deputy to the Moscow Soviet. During the October armed uprising in Moscow, he commanded a Red Guard brigade. After the October Revolution, Malenkov served as the chairman of the Sokol’niki district soviet and was the military commissar of the district. In 1918 he took part in the battles with the German occupationists on the Western Front and in the rout of Dutov’s forces. He later did command-political work in units on the Eastern Front. Malenkov died in action. He was posthumously awarded the Order of the Red Banner. A street in Moscow and the Malenkovskaia railroad station (now in the city limits of Moscow) are named after Malenkov.


Kondrat’ev, V. Ikh imena v istorii Moskvy. Moscow, 1963.
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