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Grigorii Ivanovich Kotovskii

military commander

Grigorii Kotovskii, USSR Military commander.

Background

Kotovskii, Grigorii was born on June 24, 1881 in Gancheshty (now Kotovsk) in Moldavia. Son of a worker.

Career

Became an estate manager. Arrested for revolutionary activity, 1902. Participated in the 1905 Revolution leading gangs of rebellious peasants in Moldavia.

Sentenced to 12 years in exile in 1907. Escaped from Nerchinsk, 1913. Again became leader of a guerrilla group in Bessarabia, 1913.

In 1917, close to the left-wing SRs, revolutionary activist in the army. During the Civil War, famous cavalry commander in the Red Army, but joined the Communist Party only in 1920. Fought against Makhno, Antonov and Petliura.

Religion

Religion is bad because it divides people, and is a cause of conflict and war.

Views

The emphasis on peaceful coexistence doesn’t mean that the Soviet Union accepted a static world with clear lines. Socialism is inevitable and the "correlations of forces" were moving towards socialism.