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Anton Vladimirovich Antonov-Ovseenko

historian , author , dissident

Anton Antonov-Ovseenko, USSR Historian, author, dissident.


Antonov-Ovseenko, Anton was born in 1920. Son of the old Bolshevik and revolutionary, V.A. Antonov-Ovseenko.


After the arrest of his father, his mother, as a ‘wife of the enemy of the people’, was arrested and commited suicide in a prison in KhantyMansiisk.) Arrested for the first time in 1940, but soon set free. Rearrested in 1941. Spent World War II in prison camps in Turkmenia and in the Saratov region. After the war, released and allowed to live in Moscow.

In 1948 arrested again for anti-Soviet agitation, sent to Vorkuta and Pechora labour camps. Released in 1956, returned to Moscow. Rehabilitated in 1957.

In 1967 (together with 43 old Bolsheviks who had survived Stalin’s purges) he addressed the Kremlin protesting against the attempt to rehabilitate Stalin and his crimes. In 1983 the Khronika-Press (USA) published his historical research The Portrait of the Tyrant about his father’s fate under Stalin with especially valuable details of the mystery of Kirov’s murder. Harassed by the Committee for State Security.

Became nearly blind and was put under home arrest under the close supervision of the Committee for State Security. In November 1984 was arrested again and accused of anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda. Removed from Moscow.


Religion is bad because it makes people base the way they run their lives on a falsehood.


Every person has rights to express his or her opinion, but the opinion could be expressed if it was in accordance with the general interests of Soviet society.