Platon Oyunsky

Platon Oyunsky (Russian: Платон Ойунский; (Yakut: Платон Алексеевич Ойуунускай; 11 November [O.S. 30 December] 1893 — 31 October 1939) was the pseudonym of Platon Alekseevich Sleptsov (Платон Алексеевич Слепцов) who was a Yakut Soviet writer, philologist and public figure and one of the founders of Yakut literature.

Platon Oyunsky
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Born(1893-12-30)30 December 1893
Yakutia, Russian Empire
Died31 October 1939(1939-10-31) (aged 45)
Yakutsk, USSR
OccupationPoet, playwright.
NationalitySakha (Yakut)
GenrePoetry, Drama, short stories

Early lifeEdit

He was born in 3 Zhekhsogon nasleg of Boturuss (nowadays Tatta) ulus. The etymology of the family name "Sleptsov" is that it came from the word meaning "a shaman" – such is the source of Oyunsky's pen-name.[1]


Oyunsky became a member of the Russian Communist Party (b) in March 1918. In 1921 the chairman of the Gubrevkom of Yakutia, in 1922 the chairman of the Council of People's Commissars, in 1923 the chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the Yakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

Sleptsov was a Soviet Yakut statesman, writer, translator and champion of Yakuts language. In addition, he was seen as one of the founders of modern Yakut literature. He took part in creating the national written language and in culturally building the modern Yakut nation. Oyunsky is one of organizers of the Yakut Autonomous Republic, the Union of Writers of Yakutia, and the Language and Literature Scientific Research Institute.

Oyunsky collected and published a number of Olonkho epic poems from the collected heroic epic poetry of the Yakuts.


He was prosecuted during the Great Purge, and died in prison in Yakutsk in 1939.[2] Oyunsky was officially rehabilitated on 15 October 1955.


The State Prize of the Yakut ASSR, awarded for achievements in literature, arts, and architecture, is named after him. His name graces the Sakha Drama Theater, a literary museum, and one of the streets in Yakutsk.

Personal lifeEdit

Oyunsky's daughter Sardana was a folklorist of note.[3]

Further readingEdit

  • Oleg K. Abramov. Moloch of GULAG: the similarity of the fate of the three leaders of the Siberian national republics. (Platon Oyunsky, Rinchingiin Elbegdorj, Michah Erbanov. Post-Revolutionary: 1921—1938). // Philosophical Faculty of the Tomsk State University. Tomsk, May 16, 2015. / Editor-in-chief V. Shutov. — Tomsk, 2015. — P. 106—120. — ISBN 5-87307-083-0. — Internet resource: (in Russian)

External linksEdit


A fictionalized biography of Platon Oyunsky features prominently in Stefan Sullivan's Sibirischer Schwindel (Eichborn/Frankfurt, 2002).