Volkogonov, Dmitriĭ Antonovich

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Birth 1928-03-22
Death 1995-12-06

Biographical notes:

Soviet historian.

From the description of Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov papers, 1917-1995. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123379692

Military historian, member of the Russian parliament, and advisor to the president of the Russian Federation. Born 1928; died 1995.

From the description of Papers of Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov, 1763-1995 (bulk 1917-1995). (University of Oxford). WorldCat record id: 526091435

Biographical Note

  • 1928, Mar. 22: Born, Mangut, Chitinskii Region, Russia
  • 1937: Father executed as an enemy of the people
  • 1946: Entered Ul'ianovsk Military Tank School and became a propaganda officer
  • 1947: Joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  • 1951: Married Galina Alekseevna Kuptsova
  • 1952: Daughter Tat'iana Dmitrievna born
  • 1959 - 1962 : Student, Lenin Military Academy, Moscow, Russia
  • 1960: Daughter Ol'ga Dmitrievna born
  • 1966: Defended doctoral (kandidatskaia) dissertation
  • 1966 - 1970 : Taught philosophy, Lenin Military Academy, Moscow, Russia
  • 1970: Defended doctoral dissertation in philosophy Transferred to the General Political Directorate of the Soviet Army
  • 1973: Appointed colonel-general of the Soviet army
  • 1985: Proposal to liquidate political units of the Soviet army and replace them with information units resulted in removal from office
  • 1985 - 1991 : Director, Institute of Military History of the Ministry of Defense and the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1988: Met Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin at the Nineteenth Party Conference in June
  • 1989: Published Triumf i tragediia: politicheskii portret I.V. Stalina: v 2-kh knigakh. Moscow: Izd-vo Agenstva pechati Novosti. 2 vols.
  • 1990: Elected to the Russian parliament Published 30-e gody: vzgliad iz segodnia. Moscow: Nauka Defended doctoral dissertation in history: "Stalinism: Essence, Genesis, and Evolution"
  • 1991: Diagnosed with terminal cancer Appointed security and defense advisor to Yeltsin when the Soviet Union dissolved and Russia became independent; took an active role in the formation of a new Russian ministry of defense Appointed chair of the commission for creation of the Russian defense ministry and armed forces
  • 1992: Published Trotskii: politicheskii portret: v dvukh knigakh. Moscow: Novosti. 2 vols. Appointed Russian co-chairman of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on Prisoners of Wars and Missing in Action Elected corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1993: Elected to first post-Soviet parliament on reformer Yegor Gaidar's ticket Elected member of presidential council
  • 1994: Published Lenin: politicheskii portret v dvukh knigakh. Moscow: Novosti. 2 vols.
  • 1995: Published Sem' vozhdei: galereia liderov SSSR: v 2-kh knigakh. Moscow: Novosti. 2 vols. Awarded Gosudarstvennaia Premiia
  • 1995, Dec. 6: Died, Krasnogorsk, Russia

From the guide to the Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov Papers, 1887-1995, (bulk 1917-1995), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Biographical/Historical Note

Soviet historian.

From the guide to the Dmitrii Antonovich Volkogonov papers, 1917-1995, (Hoover Institution Archives)


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