Lev Mikhailov

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Mikhailov, Lev Mikhailovich


(pseudonym of L M Elinson; party pseudonym, Politikus). Born Nov. 12 (24), 1872, in Ekaterinodar, present-day Krasnodar; died Mar. 5, 1928, in Leningrad. Active in the revolutionary movement in Russia. Became member of the Communist Party in 1903.

Mikhailov was the son of a clerk. A member of the literature and lecture group of the Moscow committee of the RSDLP, he fought at the barricades during the Revolution of 1.905. In 1906 he moved to St. Petersburg, where he participated in the founding of the newspapers Zvezda and Pravda. In 1917, Mikhailov was chairman of the first legal St. Petersburg committee of the RSDLP (Bolshevik), chairman of the Vyborg Raion Board and subsequently a member of the raion Revolutionary Committee, and a delegate to the Seventh (April) All-Russian Conference and the Sixth Congress of the RSDLP(B). A member of the Presidium of the Petrograd Province Executive Committee after the October Revolution of 1917, he was plenipotentiary of the USSR in Norway in 1922 and in 1923–24 of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs in Turkestan and a member of the Middle Asian Bureau of the Central Committee of the RCP(B). In 1924 he was named secretary of the All-Union Society of Old Bolsheviks and worked on the Gosplan (State Planning Commission). Mikhailov was a delegate to the Thirteenth through Fifteenth Party Congresses.


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