Nina Agadzhanova

Agadzhanova, Nina Ferdinandovna


(also Nune Agadzhanova-Shutko). Born Oct. 27 (Nov. 8), 1889. Soviet Party figure; teacher; screenplay writer. Born in Ekaterinodar to the family of a merchant. Studied teaching courses in Ekaterinodar. Became a member of the CPSU in 1907.

Agadzhanova conducted illegal Party work in Voronezh, Orel, Moscow, Ivanovo-Voznesensk, and Petersburg. From 1914 to 1915 she was a member of the Vyborg committee of the Party in Petrograd. In 1914 she was executive secretary of the periodical Rabotnitsa (Woman Worker). She was imprisoned five times and exiled twice for her revolutionary activities. She participated actively in the February and October revolutions of 1917; she was a member of the Petersburg and Vyborg committees of the Party and a deputy to the Petrograd Soviet from the Vyborg District. During 1918 and 1919 she engaged in underground work in the rear of the White Guard forces in Novorossiisk and Rostov-on-Don. In 1919 she was a member of the underground Don Oblast committee of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks). In 1920 she was executive secretary of the Byelorussian Revolutionary Military Committee. She worked in the Soviet embassies in Prague (1921–22) and Riga (1934–38).

In 1924 she began to work in film studios. She wrote the scripts for Battleship Potemkin and a number of other films. Between 1945 and 1952 she was active in teaching at the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography. She is the recipient of a special pension.


Geroi Oktiabria, vol. 1. Leningrad, 1967.