Vladimir Bogomolov (writer)

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Vladimir Osipovich Bogomolov (Russian: Влади́мир О́сипович Богомо́лов; July 3, 1926 in Kirillovka village, Moscow region – 30 December 2003 in Moscow) was a Soviet writer.

When Bogomolov was still in school the Soviet Union was drawn into World War II. He joined the Army after completing only seven grades. He started the war as a private; when the war was over, he had a company under his command. He was wounded and was awarded several medals during his active duty. He continued his military service until 1950 in the army intelligence in East Germany. In 1950 — 1951, he spent 13 months in jail without being formally charged. He retired in 1952. One of his early short stories, "Ivan," ("Иван," 1957) was adapted to screen as Ivan's Childhood (Иваново детство, 1962) by Andrei Tarkovsky.

His most famous novel is In the August of '44 (a.k.a. The Moment of Truth, 1973), which tells the story of SMERSH operatives that followed the frontlines, restored order, and eliminated suspected marauders and saboteurs. It is partly told through pseudo-authentic military correspondence and documents: orders, circulars, telegrams, and reports.[citation needed] The novel saw over a hundred editions, was translated into multiple languages, and was made into a film twice.[citation needed]

Today, some historians and journalists have very strong doubts about his military service at all. They stated that his entire military biography is just a hoax.[1][2]


  1. Kuchkina O. Autobiography of fictional person (Russian)// «Komsomolskaja pravda». — 13.09.2005
  2. Razzakov F. I. Life of the wonderful times, 1970—1974: Time, events, people (Russian). — M.: «Eksmo», 2004. — P. 120,168,182. — 1102 p. — ISBN 5-699-05394-8

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