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Platon Mikhailovich Kerzhentsev

Platon Kerzhentsev, USSR Party official.

Background

  • Kerzhentsev, Platon was born in 1881 in Moscow. Son of a doctor.

  • Education

    • Studied at Moscow University’s Historico-Philological Department.

    Career

    • Participant in the 1905 Revolution. Party worker in Moscow, Petersburg, Novgorod and Kiev. Journalist with the newspaper Zvezda and the magazine Prosveshchenie.

      From 1912, worked for Pravda. Emigrated the same year. Lived in London, New York and Paris.

      Returned to Russia after October 1917. Deputy editor of Izvestia, 1918. Headed ROST A, 1919-1921.

      Ambassador to Sweden, 1921-1923. Member of staff at Pravda, 1923-1924. Ambassador to Italy, 1925-1926.

      Deputy head of the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1928-1930. Deputy chairman of the Presidium of the Communist Academy, Moscow, 1930. Director of its Institute of Literature, Art and Language.

      Chairman of the Soviet of People’s Commissars, 1931-1933. Chairman of the Committee of Arts, 1936-1938. The boss of Soviet cinema, and one of the people responsible for the persecution of major Soviet filmmakers such as Eisenstein and Pudovkin.

    Religion

    Religion doesn't give equal treatment to women and therefore contradicts basic human rights.

    Views

    All policy decisions should be made in the light of the continued, permanent development of the theory of Marxism–Leninism.

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    Born 1881
    Died 1940
    (aged 59)
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