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Offline yussupov29

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A. T. Wasiljew
« on: January 11, 2013, 05:43:01 AM »
Does anyone here have information about A. T. Wasiljew? As far as I know he was head of the secret police (Ochrana) in 1917 and published a book about his work in the 1930ties.

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Re: A. T. Wasiljew
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 01:12:49 PM »
I don't know anything about a Wasiljew, but there was a Vasiliev (born in 1872) who was assigned to the Moscow Okhrana in 1900 and in 1910 to the Special Section of the Department of Police.  He was close to extreme right wing groups such as the Black Hundred and was involved in instigating pogroms and publishing the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion.  He became Chief of the Special Section of the Police in January 1917 but had to relinquish his post in March with the fall of the regime.

However, his name was Ivan Petrovich Vasiliev, so his initials were not A.T.  Except for that, this would seem to be the person to whom you are referring.  He was quite an unsavory character, capable of plots and counterplots against his colleagues to advance his own career.

If this is the person about whom you are seeking information, there is something on him in the book The Secret File of Josef Stalin: A Hidden Life, by Roman Brackman.
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Re: A. T. Wasiljew
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 03:20:37 PM »
Thank you very much for the information! He might be the person I've been looking for despite the different spelling and first name. I'll try to get a copy of that book you mentioned.

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Re: A. T. Wasiljew
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2013, 03:27:36 PM »
Vasilliev will be the more common spelling in English. Look for the book "Fontanka 16" it is a detailed look at the Okhrana during the last 25 years of the Imperial Government. He would be in there for certain.
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Re: A. T. Wasiljew
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 04:39:28 PM »
Thank you! I'll look for the book. I'm interested in the role the ochrana played in the downfall of the Russian Empire.