Mikhail Olminsky

Mikhail Stepanovitch Olminsky

Mikhail Stepanovitch Olminsky (Russian: Михаил Ольминский) (15 October, 1863–May 8, 1933) (real surname: Aleksanderov) was a prominent Russian Bolshevik particularly involved with Party history and also an active literary theorist and publicist.

Olminsky was in amongst Lenin's closest confidants as early as 1904 and attended the meeting of 22 in July 1904 which agreed the letter To the party which paved the way for the Bolshevik-Menshevik split.[1]

Oliminsky was a contributor to the magazine Letopis which was published between 1915 and 1917.[2]

Olminsky served on the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) from March 1921 to December 1924 with particular responsibility for the Party History Department serving as the head of the Istpart.

In The Real Situation in Russia (1928) Leon Trotsky described Olminsky as a "Stalinist falsifier" claiming that he had in 1921 been very appreciative of Trotsky's book 1905, even if he subsequently claimed to have always opposed Trotsky.


  1. ^ Krausz, Tamás (2015). Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography. New York: New York University Press. p. 476 n.
  2. ^ "Saint Petersburg encyclopaedia". www.encspb.ru. The Likhachev Foundation. Retrieved 3 October 2017.