Pavel Poltoratskiy

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Pavel Gerasimovich Poltoratskiy (c. 1888, Novocherkassk – 21 July 1918) (Russian: Павел Герасимович Полторацкий) was a Bolshevik Communist revolutionary. He served as People's Commissar for Labor in the early Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic and as editor of the daily newspaper Sovetskiy Turkmenistan.[1]

Poltoratskiy worked as a typesetter. He became active as a revolutionary in Rostov-on-Don and Baku, but was imprisoned in 1913. In 1917 he became chairman of the Soviet established in Kogon, Uzbekistan. He was sent as a delegate to the First All-Russian Congress of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies' Soviets.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Poltoratskiy traveled from Tashkent to Merv, arriving 13 July 1918, leading a small group of revolutionaries. He was soon taken captive by the Transcaspian Government which had recently been formed by Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries. He was executed by firing squad near a brickyard in Merv on 21 July 1918.[1]

Legacy[edit]

From 17 July 1919 until 1927 the capital city of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, was named Poltoratsk in his honor.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Клычев, Анна-Мухамед (1976). Ашхабад (in Russian). Ashgabat: Издательство "Туркменистан".