Linevich, Nikolai

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Linevich, Nikolai Petrovich


(also N. P. Lenevich). Born Dec. 24, 1838 (Jan. 5, 1839); died Apr. 10 (23), 1908, in St. Petersburg. Russian military figure; general in the infantry (1903); adjutant general (1905).

Linevich entered military service as a Junker in 1855 and fought in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78. He became commander of the troops of the South Ussuri Department in 1895 and commander of a corps in 1900. At the time of the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion of 1899–1901, Linevich commanded the allied troops of the imperialist states (1900–01) and took Peking by storm. In 1903, Linevich was appointed commander of the troops of the Amur Military District and governor-general of the Amur Region. At the beginning of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05, Linevich temporarily commanded the Man-churian Army (until mid-March); he was commander of the Manchurian First Army from October 1904 to March 1905.

Linevich became commander in chief of the armed forces in the Far East on Mar. 3, 1905 but was removed from the post in February 1906 for lack of aggressiveness in fighting the revolutionary movement. Linevich’s memoirs, The Russo-Japanese War: From the Diaries of A. N. Kuropatkin and N. P. Linevich, were published in 1925.

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