Yuri Mikhailovich Steklov

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Yury Steklov on a 1973 Soviet postal stamp.

Yuri Mikhailovich Steklov (Russian: Юрий Михайлович Стеклов; born Ovshey Moiseyevich Nakhamkis; Russian: Овший Моисе́евич Наха́мкис; 27 August [O.S. 15 August] 1873, Odessa - 15 September 1941) was a Russian revolutionary, journalist and historian.

Steklov joined the Bolshevik Party in 1903, was editor of Izvestia of the Petrograd Soviet, and was a member of the Central Committee after the Revolution.[1] He wrote biographies of Mikhail Bakunin[2] and Alexander Herzen, as well as commentary on Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin. Arrested in February 1938 amid the Great Purge, he died in prison. He was posthumously rehabilitated.


  • Michael Bakunin: ein Lebensbild, Stuttgart: J.H.W. Dietz, 1913
  • A. J. Herzen: eine Biographie, Berlin: A. Seehof, 1920.
  • History of the first International, London: M. Lawrence, [1928]. Translated by Cedar and Eden Paul from the 3rd Russian ed., with notes from the 4th ed.


  1. Joseph Nedava, Trotsky and the Jews', Jewish Publication Society of America, 1972, p. 255
  2. Antoinette M. Burton, Archive stories: facts, fictions, and the writing of history, Duke University Press, 1995, pp. 221-3

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