Nikolai Nikolaevich Popov

Popov, Nikolai Nikolaevich

 

Born Dec. 24, 1890 (Jan. 5, 1891) in Kutaisi; died Feb. 10, 1938. Participant in the revolutionary movement in Russia and Soviet historian. Member of the Communist Party from 1919. Son of a teacher.

In 1906, Popov became a member of the Menshevik faction of the RSDLP. He worked for the RSDLP in Vladikavkaz (now Ordzhonikidze), Kharkov, and Moscow. In 1911 he was arrested and exiled to Irkutsk Province. From 1917 to 1919 he was a member of the Kharkov Committee and the Central Committee of the RSDLP of Mensheviks, and from 1919 to 1920 he carried out the assignments of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs in Transcaucasia.

In 1920, Popov was on the editorial board of the Kharkov newspaper Kommunist, published by the Central Committee of the Communist Party (Bolshevik) of the Ukraine. In 1921 he became secretary of the province committee of the CP(B) of the Ukraine. Between 1922 and 1927, Popov was in the apparatus of the Central Committee of the CP(B) of the Ukraine. From 1924 to 1926 he was editor of the newspaper Kommunist and rector of the Institute of Marxism. In 1928 and 1929 he was in the apparatus of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolshevik) (ACP[B]) and the Moscow Committee. From 1929 to 1933 he was a member of the editorial board of Pravda. Between 1933 and 1937 he was secretary of the Central Committee of the CP(B) of the Ukraine; at the same time he was a member of the committee’s Politburo and Organizational Bureau.

Popov was a delegate to the Tenth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth through Seventeenth Congresses of the ACP(B). In 1930 he became a candidate member of the Central Committee of the ACP(B). He was a delegate to the Fifth through Seventh Congresses of the Comintern. He was a member of the USSR Central Executive Committee and the All-Ukrainian Central Executive Committee.

Popov’s principal works were on the history of the party; they included “Essays on the History of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks)” (1926) and “Essays on the History of the CP(B) of the Ukraine” (1928).

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