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Anton Antonov-Ovseyenko

Anton Vladimirovich Antonov-Ovseyenko
Born (1920-02-23)23 February 1920
Died 9 July 2013(2013-07-09) (aged 93)
Occupation Writer and historian
Citizenship 23x15px Russia
Alma mater Moscow State Pedagogical Institute
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Anton Vladimirovich Antonov-Ovseyenko (in centre) as a child with his siblings and parents during their stay in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Anton Vladimirovich Antonov-Ovseyenko (Russian: Анто́н Влади́мирович Анто́нов-Овсе́енко) (23 February 1920 – 9 July 2013) was a Russian historian and writer.[1][2]

Born on 23 February 1920, he was the son of a Bolshevik military leader Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko.[3] In 1935, he joined the historical faculty of the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. In 1938, he was expelled from Komsomol and the institute wherein, however, he was reinstated in the same year.[1]

He was arrested in 1940 and spent 13 years in labor camps.

Antonov-Ovseyenko is best known for his biography of Lavrentiy Beria and he also wrote several books.

Antonov-Ovseyenko operated a state museum on the Gulag, for which the Moscow administration provided a building in August 2001.[4][5]

When he died in 2013, he was still working two full days a week to continue documenting the evils of the Soviet era and to help with plans for a new, larger space.[6]



  1. ^ a b "Aнтонов-Овсеенко Антон Владимирович (р.1920): историк, писатель, публицист". The Sakharov Center. Retrieved 22 August 2011.  (Antonov-Ovseyenko’s biography on the website of the Sakharov Center)
  2. ^ "Russia Mourns Stalin Scholar, Gulag Museum Founder". 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  3. ^ Гальперович, Данила (27 June 2010). "Директор Государственного музея ГУЛАГа Антон Владимирович Антонов-Овсеенко". Radio Liberty. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Banerji, Arup (2008). Writing history in the Soviet Union: making the past work. Berghahn Books. p. 271. ISBN 81-87358-37-8. 
  5. ^ "Stalinism Survivor Runs Gulag Museum In Moscow | @pritheworld". 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  6. ^ Schwirtz, Michael (2013-07-10). "Anton Antonov Ovseyenko, Who Exposed Stalin Terror, Dies at 93". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 

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