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Mikhail Kalinin

Given NameMikhail
Born7 Nov 1875
Died3 Jun 1946


ww2dbaseMikhail Ivanovich Kalinin was born in Verkhnyaya Troitsa village, Tverskaya Gubernia, Russia to a peasant. As a metal worker, he joined the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party in 1898 and became an union executive in 1919. In 1925, he became a member of the Politburo and would remain so until his death in 1946. During Joseph Stalin's brutal Great Purge, Kalinin exercised his influence to pardon many who were condemned to work camps or death, but at the same time he authorized brutal massacres such as what had taken place at Katyn in 1940; 22,000 Polish died as a result of the Katyn massacre. Kalinin retired in 1946 and died in the same year in Moscow. The former German city of Königsberg was renamed Kaliningrad in his honor.

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Last Major Revision: Jun 2006


Joseph Stalin, Vladmir Lenin, and Mikhail Kalinin at the 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party, Mar 1919Joseph Stalin, Vladmir Lenin, Mikhail Kalinin, and other participants of the 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party, Moscow, Russia, Mar 1919

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7 Nov 1875 Mikhail Kalinin was born.
3 Jun 1946 Mikhail Kalinin passed away.

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1. Tim Toftekaer says:
27 Dec 2006 03:42:44 AM

Katyn is not situated in Poland. It is some 20 kilometers west of Smolensk in Russia.

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