Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937 : life of an old Bolshevik by Allen, Barbara Carol; Shli︠a︡pnikov, Aleksandr Gavrilovich;

By Allen, Barbara Carol; Shli︠a︡pnikov, Aleksandr Gavrilovich; Shli︠a︡pnikov, Aleksandr Gavrilovich; Šljapnikov, Aleksandr G

Based on huge examine within the data of the Soviet Communist social gathering, and the Russian mystery police, Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: lifetime of an outdated Bolshevik stirringly recounts the political lifetime of Alexander Shlyapnikov. although little identified to today’s radicals, Shlyapnikov was once a number one member of the staff’ competition (1919-21), and the main well-liked in their ranks to name for the exchange unions—as detailed from the Communist Party—to play an instantaneous position in figuring out staff’ keep watch over over the economic climate. regardless of the defeat of this place, Shlyapnikov persisted to recommend perspectives at the Soviet socialist venture that supplied a counterpoint to Stalin’s imaginative and prescient. Arrested through the nice Terror, Shlyapnikov refused to admit to his alleged crimes opposed to the celebration, overtly mentioning the costs illogical and unsubstantiated.

What emerges from Allen’s political portrait is an outdated Bolshevik who stands in notable distinction to Stalin’s and the NKVD’s snapshot of the right celebration member.

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11 Kollontai and Shlyapnikov first became acquainted after one of her passionate speeches. They met again at the funeral of Paul and Laura Lafargue, prominent French socialists (Laura was the daughter of Karl Marx). When they met for a third time at Lenin’s apartment, they decided to become better acquainted. After attending a play, they strolled around Paris and talked for several hours. Kollontai was impressed that Shlyapnikov, a worker, was ­capable of 10 Farnsworth 1980, pp. 40–1; Kollontai 1974, p.

22 CHAPTER 1 Despite grand displays of new machines and electric lights, Shlyapnikov recalled, workers complained that the tsar did not care how they lived and their conversations returned quickly to the recent arrests. Rumours circulated that the tsar had commanded that his enemies be ‘destroyed’ before his arrival. Alexander’s relatives donated to a fund to aid wives and children of the arrested. 35 Alexander had already experienced and heard much about religious persecution, which after his experiences in Sormovo, must have merged with political persecution in his young mind.

Through them, Shlyapnikov organised sd cirp cles at factories throughout Murom. Yanchevskaya, described by him later as a ‘sentimental idealistic populist’, lent him books and copied illegal literature using the hectograph of the Murom railroad administration where she worked. 46 After leaving the Torsk factory in July 1903 for a more demanding, higherpaying job at the Valenkov machine-building factory, Shlyapnikov contacted a workers’ group there which had established ties to Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod sd groups and to Murom intelligenty.

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