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Nikolai Bukharin

Nikolai BukharinAKA Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin

Born: 9-Oct-1888
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 15-Mar-1938
Location of death: Moscow, Russia
Cause of death: Execution

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist, Author

Nationality: Russia
Executive summary: Soviet theoretical economist

"If I'm to receive the death sentence, then I implore you beforehand, I entreat you, by all that you hold dear, not to have me shot. Let me drink poison in my cell instead. For me, this point is extremely important. I don't know what words I should summon up in order to entreat you to grant me this as an act of charity. Politically, it won't really matter, and, besides, no one will know a thing about it. Have pity on me! Surely you'll understand, knowing me as well as you do. Sometimes I look death openly in the face, just as I know very well that I am capable of brave deeds. At other times, I find myself in such disarray that I am drained of all strength. So if the verdict is death, let me have a cup of morphine. I implore you [...] Farewell forever and remember kindly your wretched Nikolai Bukharin." -- A letter to Stalin composed in his cell awaiting trial, 10 Dec 1937.

Father: Ivan (teacher)
Mother: Liubov (teacher)
Brother: Vladimir
Brother: Pyotr
Wife: Nadezhda Mikhailovna Lukina
Wife: Anna Larina

    University: Economics, Moscow University

    Subversion arrested by the Okhrana (Apr-1910)
    Exiled to Arkhangelsk (1910)
    Treason convicted (1938)
    Shot: Firing Squad Moscow (15-Mar-1938)
    Pravda Editor (1918-29)
    Communist Party
    Hunger Strike

Author of books:
Imperialism and World Economy (1915)
The Economics of the Transition Period (1918)
The ABC of Communism (1920, with Evgenii Preobrazhensky)
Historical Materialism (1921)
Economic Theory of the Leisure Class (1927)
How It All Began, The Prison Novel (1999)


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