Fokin, Ignatii Ivanovich
Born Dec. 19, 1889, in Kiev; died Apr. 13, 1919, in Briansk. Russian revolutionary. Member of the Communist Party from 1906.
The son of a worker, Fokin became a draftsman. He conducted party work at plants in Briansk District and in St. Petersburg and Saratov. In St. Petersburg he was a member of a committee of the Russian Bureau of the Central Committee of the RSDLP from 1914 to 1916; he became a member of the bureau itself in 1915. He was arrested and exiled several times. Immediately after the February Revolution of 1917, he helped organize the Briansk and Bezhetsk committees; in May he became chairman of the Briansk committee and a member of the Moscow Oblast Bureau of the RSDLP(B). In October 1917 he became chairman of the Briansk soviet and military revolutionary committee. After the October Revolution of 1917, Fokin served as chairman of the Briansk district executive committee and directed work on economic reconstruction. In May 1918 he helped draft the Briansk Regulations, which dealt with internal management at the Briansk Plant and were highly praised by V. I. Lenin (see Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 36, pp. 348, 611).
Fokin was a delegate to the Eighth Congress of the RCP(B), held in 1919. In 1964 the city of Tsementnyi in Briansk Oblast was renamed Fokino in his honor.
REFERENCESSb. pamiati I. Fokina. Briansk, 1922.
Shcherbakov, D. A., and L. Z. Shkol’nikov. I. Fokin [1889–1919]. Tula, 1967.