Evgenii Karlovich Miller

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Miller, Evgenii Karlovich


Born Sept. 25 (Oct. 7), 1867; died 1937(?). Leader of the counterrevolution in northern Russia in 1919–20; lieutenant general (1915).

Miller graduated from the Academy of the General Staff in 1892. From 1898 to 1907 he was a Russian military attache in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy. From 1912 to 1914 he served as chief of staff of the Moscow Military District. During World War I, Miller was chief of staff of the Fifth Army and a corps commander. After the February Revolution of 1917 he spoke out in violent opposition to democratization of the army and was arrested by the soldiers on April 7. In the autumn of 1917 he was appointed representative of the Russian General Headquarters to the Italian High Command. After the intervention forces were landed in northern Russia, Miller became governor-general of Severnaia Oblast in January 1919. In May 1919 he was appointed commander in chief of the troops of Severnaia Oblast by A. V. Kolchak. After the rout of his troops by the Red Army in February 1920, he fled from Arkhangel’sk into Norway and then to France, where he represented General Wrangel. While in emigration, he was a close collaborator of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich and of General P. N. Wrangel. In 1930 he became chief of the so-called Russian General Military Union. On Sept. 22, 1937, he disappeared from Paris.

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