Mikhail Mikhailov-Ivanov

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Mikhailov-Ivanov, Mikhail Sil’verstovich


Born Nov. 3, 1894, in the village of Raisk, Grodno Province, present-day Ukrainian SSR; died Sept. 27, 1931, in Moscow. Builder of the Soviet economy and party figure; one of the organizers of the machine-building industry. Member of the Communist Party from 1913. Son of a peasant.

Mikhailov-Ivanov worked as a laborer in Odessa from 1908 to 1915, when he moved to Petrograd and joined the agitation group of the Vyborg Committee of the RSDLP. After the February Revolution of 1917 he was a member of the Petrograd Soviet, the St. Petersburg Committee of the RSDLP (Bolshevik), and the Central Council of the Factory and Plant Committees. He was also a delegate to the Sixth Party Congress.

After the October Revolution of 1917 he was one of the leaders of the Council of the Economy of the Northern Region, and in 1918 he was a member of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Ukraine. During the Civil War he did political work among transport workers. Between 1920 and 1930 he headed Petrogubmetall (Petrograd Province Metal Industry Administration) and served as chairman of the Leningrad Machine-building Trust. In 1927 he was elected to the Presidium of the Council of the Economy of the USSR. In 1931 he headed the All-Union Automobile and Tractor Association and was director of the Stalingrad Tractor Plant. He was a delegate to the Ninth, Fifteenth, and Sixteenth Party Congresses and was elected candidate member of the Central Committee of the ACP (Bolshevik) at the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses. He is buried on Red Square at the Kremlin Wall.


Il’ina, L. “M. S. Mikhailov-Ivanov.” In Geroi Oktiabria, vol. 2. Lenin-grad, 1967.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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