Smetanin, Nikolai

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Smetanin, Nikolai Stepanovich


Born Mar. 25, 1905, in St. Petersburg. Originator of the Stakhanovite movement in the leather-footwear industry. Member of the CPSU since 1939.

During the period 1918–39, Smetanin worked as a stretcher at the Leningrad Skorokhod Shoe Factory. On Sept. 21, 1935, he exceeded his production rate by 200 percent. He achieved success as a worker by separating technical operations. In 1939, Smetanin became an executive in the Ministry of Light Industry and directed a number of leather-footwear enterprises. He retired in 1962.

Smetanin was a deputy to the first convocation of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. He has been awarded the Order of Lenin and the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.

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