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Krylenko, Nikolai

Nikolai Krylenko (1885-1938) was a chess enthusiast responsible for persuading the Soviet government to support chess.  He was Commissar for War in the first Bolshevik government, then Commander-in-Chief of the Russian armed forces, chief prosecutor for the revolutionary tribunals, and later  Commissar for Justice for the USSR.  His chess title was Chairman of the Chess Section of the Supreme Council for Physical Culture of the Russian Federal Republic, and later, Secretary of the Soviet Chess Federation.  In 1937 he was arrested and charged with retarding the development of chess, cutting it off from the social and political life of the Soviet Union.  He was ordered executed by Stalin as an enemy of the people.

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