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Vladimir Pimonov, Ph.D

Vladimir (Volodya, Volodja) Pimonov (Russian: Владимир (Володя) Иванович Пимонов, March 31, 1955, Moscow, USSR) is a Russian-born Danish journalist, author and literary scholar. As a journalist he is best known for his investigative reporting on the Soviet/Russian affairs.[1][2][3] His literary research focuses on Shakespeare,[4][5][6] plot (narrative) theory[7][8]and the concept of theatricality (metatheatre).[9][10][11] His work is held in almost 100 major public and university library holdings around the world.[12][13][14]


Early life and educationEdit

Pimonov was born on March 31, 1955, in Moscow, USSR (Soviet Union). He graduated from Maurice Thorez Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages (now Moscow State Linguistic University) and earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D in Philology) from Moscow State Pedagogical University.[15][16] He finished Copenhagen Language School (Studieskolen) and completed a Master's degree course in macroeconomics at Birkbeck, University of London.[17] He is a professor emeritus at the GITR Film and Television School in Moscow, Russia.[18]


In the late 1970s and early 1980s in Moscow, alongside his academic work Pimonov was a writer for 64-Chess Review magazine (64 (magazine)).[19] He left the Soviet Union in 1988 and settled in Denmark where he worked for a national daily newspaper Ekstra Bladet in Copenhagen for over two decades and also served as a Moscow correspondent.[20][21] Pimonov was nominated for the Danish journalist award the Cavling Prize for a series of articles on the Soviet clandestine operations in Denmark during the Cold War[22] and the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism Award (Foreningen for Undersøgende Journalistik) for exposing poor working conditions and willful violations of safety rules in the Russian coal mines in Siberia that supply coal to Denmark.[23] He was awarded the Pushkin medal by the Academy of Russian Literature for his books about Russia.[24] He published evidence of the Soviet Union's covert support for PFLP's (the second-largest of the groups forming the Palestine Liberation Organization) terrorist activities prior to Yasser Arafat's winning the Nobel Peace Prize,[25][26] Moscow's illegal financing of the Communist Party of Denmark[27][28] and revealed Ayman al-Zawahiri's (the co-founder of Al-Qaeda) activities in Denmark.[29] Working with colleagues at Ekstra Bladet he published a series of investigative articles on connections (via British Virgin Islands' shell companies) between Icelandic banks, Kaupthing Bank in particular,[30] and major Russian holdings with close ties to the Kremlin.[31] During his career Pimonov reported on a broad range of issues, including military conflicts, terrorism and espionage.[32][33]


In the mid-1980s in Moscow Pimonov participated in human rights activities[34][35] and campaigned for the release of political prisoners, freedom of movement and the right to leave the country for Soviet citizens.[36][37][38] The authorities kept him under house arrest after he wrote an open letter to the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachov protesting against the Kremlin's use of violence to suppress a peaceful demonstration in Moscow for the release of Jewish political prisoners.[39][40][41]


Pimonov is a chess master[42] and played in USSR Junior Championships[43][44] and USSR quarter-final tournament.[45] As a chess player and writer for the Soviet magazine 64-Chess review he appeared as one of the major characters in the 1988 book Searching for Bobby Fischer, by the American novelist Fred Waitzkin.[46][47] Pimonov commented the World Chess Championship matches between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov for the Soviet and Western media.[48]


  1. ^ Answer Coming Soon by Dan Whitman, New Academia Publishing, Washington 2017, chapter "Vladimir" p.42-46
  2. ^ Danmark Dejligst. Den nye Danmarkskrønike 3. 1972-1993. Af Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld. Aschehoug 1999. s. 386-387
  3. ^ En krønike om Ekstra Bladet. Tør – Hvor Andre Tier af Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld, bind 2, Ekstra Bladets Forlag, 2004, s. 272, 275-276, 296
  4. ^ "ПИМОНОВ Владимир Иванович".
  5. ^ С.Костырко. "Разгадка Гамлета".
  6. ^ BBC World Service program on Pimonov's work on Shakespeare
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  9. ^ "пимонов славутин - Академия Google".
  10. ^ "eLIBRARY.RU - Пимонов Владимир Иванович - Список публикаций".
  11. ^ "Zagadka Gamleta in SearchWorks".
  12. ^ "Russkiĭ pasʹi︠a︡ns /". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog - No Connections Available".
  14. ^ "Login".
  15. ^ CIS, SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION of the. "Dissertation: theatricality Poetics in Shakespeare's dramatic art (On an example of tragedy "Hamlet") - Literature of the people of the countries of abroad (with instructions of the concrete literature) - Literary criticism - Philological sciences". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  16. ^ "ПИМОНОВ Владимир Иванович". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  17. ^ "ПИМОНОВ Владимир Иванович". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
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  19. ^ 64-Chess Review, №3 2003, p.64
  20. ^ "Trusler med og uden omsvøb". 13 February 2008.
  21. ^ "EB-journalist på gangsters 'lønningsliste'". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Her er de fem nominerede til Cavling 1992".
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  24. ^ Danske Journalister 2000, red. Jan Ebert, Dansk Journalistforbund, København 2000, p.567-568)
  25. ^ Ekstra Bladet, 28. november 1993, p.6-7, Ekstra Bladet, 29. november 1993, p. 16-17
  26. ^ Berlingske Tidende, d. 30. november 1993, s.4
  27. ^ Ole Sohn fik 8 mill. af KGB//Ekstra Bladet, 25 April 1992, p. 10, Ole Sohns Godfather//Ekstra Bladet, 12 November 1992, p. 10
  28. ^ Answer Coming Soon by Dan Whitman, New Academia Publishing, Washington 2017, chapter "Vladimir" p.42-46
  29. ^ "Bin Ladens højrehånd opererede i Danmark".
  30. ^ "Sådan slipper de for skatten".
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  32. ^ Hedegaard, Lars; Blüdnikow, Bent (1 January 2008). "Kampen om den kolde krig: festskrift til Bent Jensen". Gyldendal A/S. Retrieved 21 February 2017 – via Google Books.
  33. ^ KGB i Danmark. Agenter og kontakter under Den Kolde Krig. (red.) Peter la Cour, Peter la Cours Forlag. 2010. s.14,25,42,220,244,259.
  34. ^ Waitzkin, Fred (7 February 2017). "Searching for Bobby Fischer: A Father's Story of Love and Ambition". Open Road Media. Retrieved 21 February 2017 – via Google Books.
  35. ^ "Reports of Psychiatry Abuse Counter Talk of a Soviet Shift". The New York Times. 21 October 1987. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  36. ^ "Soviets beat press, dissidents at protest (February 14, 1987)".
  37. ^ Bohlen, Celestine; Bohlen, Celestine (4 November 1985). "Summit Stirs Hopes on Rights" – via
  38. ^ Bohlen, Celestine; Bohlen, Celestine (21 September 1986). "Soviets Act On Family Protesters" – via
  39. ^ "Times Daily - Google News Archive Search".
  40. ^ "MOSCOW FAMILY CALLS OFF ITS PROTESTS". The New York Times. 14 February 1987. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  41. ^ "Moscow Protesters, Journalists Attacked". 14 February 1987. Archived from the original on 27 April 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  42. ^ Waitzkin, Fred (7 February 2017). "Searching for Bobby Fischer: A Father's Story of Love and Ambition". Open Road Media – via Google Books.
  43. ^ Felice, Gino Di (20 June 2013). "Chess Results, 1968-1970: A Comprehensive Record with 854 Tournament Crosstables and 161 Match Scores, with Sources". McFarland. Retrieved 21 February 2017 – via Google Books.
  44. ^ Shakhmatnaya Moskva, no. 2, 28.01.70
  45. ^ "64-Chess Review", № 16, 1971, s. 5.
  46. ^ Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, Random House, New York 1984, see chapter "Volodja"
  47. ^ Whitman, Dan (31 December 2012). "Vladimir". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  48. ^ McLellan, Joseph (10 September 1986). "Karpov Resigns Game 14, Trials Badly in Match" – via