By Allen, Barbara Carol; Shli︠a︡pnikov, Aleksandr Gavrilovich; Shli︠a︡pnikov, Aleksandr Gavrilovich; Šljapnikov, Aleksandr G
What emerges from Allen’s political portrait is an previous Bolshevik who stands in impressive distinction to Stalin’s and the NKVD’s snapshot of the appropriate occasion member.
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Extra info for Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937 : life of an old Bolshevik
As such he belonged to an exclusive group of ‘conscious’ Russian proletarians. In Western Europe, however, he took a path that diverged from that of many other radicalised Russian workers. Life and work there gave him the opportunity to observe foreign trade unions’ methods of organisation. Acquisition of fluent French and proficiency in German and English facilitated his education in Western-European labour organising and radical socialism, exposing him to a richer heritage of European socialist thought and practice than that available to Tomsky or Kanatchikov, not to speak of the much younger Yezhov, who did not learn foreign languages.
He had gained sympathy for ironworkers. The furnace tender told him that ironworkers had invented the ‘myth about hell and devils’, because the foundry was the very vision of hell and grimy ironworkers resembled devils. 26 When Alexander returned to school, his work experience elevated his standing among classmates. Third grade brought more responsibility, as he was assigned to teach the alphabet to first graders. He remembered being a good student in all subjects, especially arithmetic, and that he enjoyed sharing his 24 Kelly 2007, p.
Yet when she returned by train from her tryst with Shlyapnikov, Maslov was waiting by the door of her boarding house. She told him of her new lover in order to convince him that their relationship was over. It seems that she did not expect her relationship with Shlyapnikov to endure. He, on the other hand, attributed more significance to the affair and, according to her, showered her with ‘crazy’ love letters in French and Russian. Because of his persistence and stubbornness, she sometimes referred to him ironically as Avvakum, a seventeenth-century martyr of the Old Belief.
Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937 : life of an old Bolshevik by Allen, Barbara Carol; Shli︠a︡pnikov, Aleksandr Gavrilovich; Shli︠a︡pnikov, Aleksandr Gavrilovich; Šljapnikov, Aleksandr G