Usievich, Grigorii Aleksandrovich

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Usievich, Grigorii Aleksandrovich


Born Sept. 6 (18), 1890, in Tambov; died Aug. 9, 1918, in the village of Gorki, in what is now Kamyshlov Raion, Sverdlovsk Oblast. Buried in the settlement of Krasnogvardeiskii, Sverdlovsk Oblast. Russian revolutionary. Member of the Communist Party from 1907.

The son of a merchant, Usievich entered St. Petersburg University in 1907. In 1908 he became a member of the St. Petersburg committee of the RSDLP. He was arrested in 1909 and exiled to Enisei Province in 1911. He contributed to the Bolshevik journal Prosveshchenie and to the Bolshevik newspaper Pravda. In 1914, Usievich escaped from exile and emigrated to Austria, where he was arrested and confined in a concentration camp. At the end of 1915 he took up residence in Switzerland.

After the February Revolution of 1917, Usievich returned to Russia with V. I. Lenin. In April 1917 he became a member of the Moscow committee of the RSDLP(B), the executive committee of the Moscow soviet, and the Bolshevik faction in the municipal duma. He was a delegate to the Sixth Congress of the RSDLP(B). During the October Days of 1917, he served on the operational staff responsible for war materiel and was a member of the Moscow Military Revolutionary Committee. In March 1918, Usievich was sent to Western Siberia to organize the supplying of grain to Moscow. In May 1918 he became a member of the military revolutionary staff in Omsk and in June was appointed chairman of the revolutionary staff in Tiumen’. Usievich died in battle.


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