Malinovskii, Roman Vatslavovich

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Malinovskii, Roman Vatslavovich


Born Mar. 18, 1876; died November 1918. Provocateur, secret agent of the tsarist Okhranka (secret political police) in the Social Democratic movement. A metalworker. Worked in St. Petersburg and then in Moscow from 1906 to 1910. Secretary of the board of the union of metalworkers.

Starting in 1907, Malinovskii voluntarily gave information to the police. In 1910 he became a secret agent of the Okhranka. He was elected a member of the Central Committee at the Sixth (Prague) Conference of the RSDLP (1912). In 1912 he was elected a deputy to the fourth State Duma from the workers’ curia of Moscow Province; from 1913 he was chairman of the Duma group of Bolsheviks. In 1914 he hid abroad; at the same time he was expelled from the party on the accusation of desertion (his tie with the Okhranka was not discovered until June 1917). He returned to the RSFSR in 1918. He was condemned and shot by sentence of the Supreme Tribunal of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of Nov. 5, 1918.


Erenfel’d, B. K. “Delo Malinovskogo.” Voprosy istorii, 1965, no. 7. (Contains bibliography.)
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