Boris Bazhanov

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Boris Bazhanov

Secretary in the Politburo and the personal secretary of the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin from August 1923 through the end of 1925 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1900.

Countries: Russia (40%), France (27%), Iran (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Soviet Union

Linked to: Columbia University Press, Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Jews, Routledge




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Boris Bazhanov was born in 1900 add something


When Bazhanov was 17, the Russian Revolution of 1917 splintered power in Ukraine, causing the Ukrainian territory to be fought over by various factions add something


In 1919, Bazhanov joined the local Communist Party organization and was soon afterward elected district secretary add something


In the early 1920s, Bazhanov's role in Stalin's inner circle was smaller than that of the "group of five" composed of Yakov Brezanovsky, Ivan Tovstukha, Amayak Nazaretyan, Georgy Kanner, and Lev Mekhlis add something


Quickly rising through local party posts in Ukraine, he went to Moscow to study engineering in November 1920 add something


In 1922 he applied for a technical position with the Central Committee apparatus and was accepted by Ksenofontoff add something


In later editions, Bazhanov retracted these statements, explaining that in reality he soured on the Communist ideology during 1923-4, while working at the Central Committee add something


On August 9, 1923, Bazhanov was named assistant to Stalin based on a decision of the organization bureau that read, "Comrade Bazhanov is named assistant to Joseph Stalin and a secretary of the CC add something


After Lenin's death in January 1924, Stalin, Kamenev, and Zinoviev together governed the party, placing themselves ideologically between Trotsky and Nikolay Bukharin add something


Bazhanov held different positions at the Politburo from 1925 to 1928 add something


Georges Agabekov - At the end of 1926, Agabekov was posted in Tehran as "rezident" of the OGPU Foreign Branch in Persia, where he was successful in obtaining foreign powers' secret codes, recruiting agents and fomenting animosity against Britain amongst the local tribal leaders; however, he failed in the task of dispatching back to the USSR the defector Boris Bazhanov, Joseph_Stalin's former assistant


In 1928, Bazhanov defected from the Soviet Union and became the only assistant at Stalin's secretariat to have ever turned against the Soviet regime add something


Dissatisfied with contributing to Communism, Bazhanov crossed the border to Iran to defect from the Soviet Union on January 1, 1928, the same year that the first of Stalin's Five-Year Plans for the National Economy of the Soviet Union was accepted add something


In October 1929, Stalin ordered assassin Yakov Blumkin to travel through Paris to the island of Prinkipo in Istanbul, Turkey to assassinate Russian October Revolution leader Leon Trotsky add something


From 1930 and on, Bazhanov wrote and published various memoirs and books about the secrets behind Stalin's actions add something


The 1930 edition of Bazhanov's memoir had him becoming an anti-Communist well before he came to Moscow and took up positions with the Central Committee add something


Trotsky eventually was forced into exile in Mexico, where he was assassinated in 1940 by a Stalinist agent add something


Bazhanov published an edition of his memoirs in France in 1980, entitled "Memoirs of a Secretary of Stalin's" add something


Bazhanov writings continued to be published and translated after his death in Paris in 1983 add something

Boris Bazhanov died in 1983 add something


Bazhanov died in France in January 1983 add something


Bazhanov's notes were discovered in early 1990 by Soviet historian Victor Danilov and used in support of an answer to one of the mysteries of the Bolshevik Revolution: why Leon Trotsky refused Vladimir Lenin's offer to appoint him as heir add something