Platon Oyunsky

Platon Oyunsky (Russian: Платон Ойунский; (Yakut: Платон Алексеевич Ойуунускай; 11 November [O.S. 30 December] 1893 — 31 October 1939), pseudonym of Platon Alekseevich Sleptsov (Платон Алексеевич Слепцов) was a Soviet Yakut statesman, writer and translator, seen as one of the founders of modern Yakut literature. He took part in the creation of the national written language and in the cultural building of the modern Yakut nation. Oyunsky is one of organizers of the Yakut autonomous republic, the Union of writers of Yakutia, Language and literature scientific research Institute.

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

He was born in 3 Zhekhsogon nasleg of Boturuss (nowadays Tatta) ulus. The origin of Sleptsovs was called "the origin of a shaman" - such an etymology of Oyunsky's per-name.[1] He was prosecuted during the Great Purge, and died in prison in 1939[2]. He was rehabilitated on 15 October 1955.

Oyunsky collected and published a number of Olonkho epic poems.

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

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)

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