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Dmitriy Manuilsky, or Dmytro Zakharovych Manuilsky (3 October 1883 in Sviatets near Kremenets – 22 February 1959 in Kiev) was an important Bolshevik, who was a Secretary of Comintern, the Communist International from December 1926 to its dissolution in May 1943.

Dmitriy Manuilsky
Дмитро Захарович Мануїльський
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Leader of Communist Party (Bolsheviks) of Ukraine
In office
December 15, 1921 – April 10, 1923
Preceded byFeliks Kon
Succeeded byEmanuel Kviring
Permanent Representatative of the Ukrainian SSR to the United Nations
In office
Succeeded byAnatoliy Baranovsky
Personal details
Born(1883-10-03)October 3, 1883
Kremenets uyezd, Volhynian Governorate, Russian Empire
DiedFebruary 22, 1959(1959-02-22) (aged 75)
Kiev, Soviet Union
Alma materUniversity of Paris




Manuilsky was born to a peasant family in Kremenets. After secondary school, he enrolled at the University of St. Petersburg in 1903, and joined the Bolsheviks in 1904.[1] During the 1905 revolution he was assigned by the Bolsheviks to the naval base in Kronstadt where he took part in the naval revolt in July. Arrested, he was held in Kronstadt prison in 1905-06, then exiled, but escaped, arriving in Kiev and then, in 1907, to Paris. There he aligned with the ultra-left group led by Alexander Bogdanov, who challenged Lenin for the leadership of the Bolsheviks, and worked on the newspaper Vpered (Forward). After the outbreak of war in 1914, he worked on the newspaper Nashe Slovo and acted as the main contact between the Bolsheviks and the smaller group associated with Leon Trotsky. After his return to Russia in May 1917, he joined Trotsky's group, the Mezhraiontsy, who amalgamated with the Bolsheviks in August 1917.

During the civil war, Manuilsky worked in the People's Commissariat for Food, before being sent to Ukraine, where Lenin assigned him the task of organising the peasant population around Kharkov to defeat the White army of General Denikin. In January 1919, he and Inessa Armand were sent to Paris, in the hope they could stole a revolution in France, but he was arrested and deported. He was People's Commissar for Food in the Ukrainian Soviet republic in 1920-21, then switched to journalism, and from 1922 was working for the Comintern. He was a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1923–52, as well as a member of the elite inner circle known as the "malaia comisiia", a five-member group that ruled the eleven-member Political Secretariat.[2] In 1926, he supplanted Nikolai Bukharin as leader of the Soviet Union delegation on Comintern's executive, and the lead representative at congresses of the French, German, and Czechoslovak communist parties.[3] From 1935 until the dissolution of Comintern in 1943, he acted as deputy to its General Secretary, Georgi Dimitrov. In 1944-52, he held the largely meaningless post of Foreign Minister of Ukraine. In 1952-53, he was Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations.

During the purges of 1936-40, almost every Old Bolshevik with a past link with Trotsky was killed or imprisoned, except Manuilsky, whom Stalin despised but by whom he did not feel in any way threatened. In 1939, he told Dimitrov: "Manuilsky is a toady! He was a Trotskyite! We criticised him for keeping quiet and not speaking out when the purges of Trotskyite bandits were going on, and now he has started toadying!"[4] The Montenegrin communist Milovan Djilas, who met Manuilsky in 1944, admired his learning and writing talent, but remembered him as "a slight and already hunched veteran, dark-haired, with a clipped moustache [who] spoke with a lisp, almost gently and – what astonished me at the time – without much energy." Seeing him again five years later, Djilas thought him an "almost senile, little old man who was rapidly disappearing as he slid down the steep ladder of the Soviet hierarchy."[5]

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  1. ^ Manuilsky's biography from a 1920s edition of the Great Soviet Encyclopaedia is in translation in Haupt, Georges, and Marie, Jean-Jacques (1974). Makers of the Russian Revolution. London: George Allen & Unwin.
  2. ^ Ton That Thien (1990). Ho Chi Minh and the Comintern (PDF). Singapore: Information and Resource Center. p. 21. ISBN 978-9810021399. Retrieved 20 December 2017.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Makers of the Russian Revolution: Biographies of Bolshevik Leaders. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 1974. ISBN 978-0801408090. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  4. ^ Dimitrov, Georgi (2003). The Diary of Georgi Dimitrov. New Haven: Yale U.P. p. 104. ISBN 0-300-09794-8.
  5. ^ Djilas, Milovan (1969). Conversations with Stalin. London: Penguin. pp. 28, 29.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arne Sunde
Faris al-Khoury
President of the United Nations Security Council
July 1949
July 1948
Succeeded by
Semyon Tsarapkin
Yakov Malik
Preceded by
Oleksandr Korniychuk
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR
Succeeded by
Anatoliy Baranovsky
Preceded by
People's Commissar of Land Cultivation (Ukraine)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
All-Ukrainian Revolutionary Committee
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Feliks Kon (acting)
1st Secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine
Succeeded by
Emanuil Kviring