Nikolai Kozitskii

Kozitskii, Nikolai Grigor’evich


Born Jan. 24 (Feb. 5), 1880, in the village of Stsiboray, Ushitsa District, in presentday Zhitomir Oblast; died in early Novemer 1920 near the village of Kamenki in present-day Kiev Oblast. Revolutionary. Member of the Communist Party from 1909.

The son of a peasant, Kozitskii became a worker. He was a student in the department of medicine at the University of Kiev from 1910 to 1912, but he was expelled for his revolutionary activity. He took part in the Revolution of 1905–07 in Odessa. On many occasions Kazitskii was the target of repressive police measures. In 1907 he escaped from exile and fled abroad, where he lived in Great Britain, Germany, and Austria. From 1910 he did party work in Kiev, Ekaterinoslav, and St. Petersburg. After the February Revolution of 1917, Kozitskii was a member of the factory committee of the Siemens and Halske Plant in Petrograd and of the Vasilievskii Island district committee of the RSDLP (Bolshevik), and he worked in the Central Soviet of Factory and Plant Committees. One of the organizers of the Red Guard, he took part in the October Armed Uprising in Petrograd.

After the October Revolution Kozitskii served as a member of the Petrograd Soviet, a member of the Petrograd party committee, and a member of the All-Union Central Executive Committee. He was chairman of the municipal soviet, and in 1918 chairman of the provincial executive committee in Nizhny Novgorod. Kozitskii served in the Red Army on the southern front in 1919. In 1920 he was chairman of the Podol’sk Provincial Revolutionary Committee (city of Vinnitsa) and a member of the presidium of the provincial committee of the Communist Party (Bolshevik) of the Ukraine. Kozitskii died in battle. A factory in Leningrad and a radio plant in Omsk have been named after him.


Geroi Oktiabria, vol. 1. Leningrad, 1967. Pages 540–41.