Moscow State Pedagogical University.
In 1935, he joined the historical faculty of the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. 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.
When he died in 2013, he was still working two full days a week to continue documenting what he called "the evils of the Soviet era" and to help with plans for a new, larger space.
In 1938, he was expelled from Communist Youth League and the institute wherein, however, he was reinstated in the same year.