General Alexei Ignatiev - an example of the current peacekeepers

General Alexei Ignatiev - an example of the current peacekeepersNext year, March 17 to General Alexei Alekseevich Ignatiev will turn 140 years. In the encyclopedia you can read about it: “Count Alexei Alekseevich Ignatiev (2 (14) March 1877 - 20 November 1954) is a Russian and Soviet military leader, diplomat, adviser to the head of the NKID, a writer from the Ignatiev family. The son of General A.P. Ignatieva and Princess SS Meshcherskoy.

And so, while the “tops” still think, veterans are acting. There is a "diplomacy from the bottom." As a result, the Union of Veterans of the Military Institute of Foreign Languages ​​(VIIA), headed by Yevgeny Loginov, outlined not only a number of events for the future, but also performed several practical tasks. Several “Ignatiev sites” in Moscow were identified: the 17 house at Lubyansky Proezd, Ilyinsky Square, the monument and bust of the general at Novodevichy cemetery were put in order, people who knew the general were found, contact was made with the State Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val, where A.A. Ignatieff (1942). They gave a signal to St. Petersburg, there are also “Ignatiev places” there. There are places in France.

Military diplomats and UN military observers did not stand aside.

The fact is that peacemaking is turning into a new type of military activity, one might say a type of military art. And here are the tips of the outstanding military diplomat Lieutenant General A.A. Ignatieff are of paramount importance. Peacekeeping veterans noticed this connection back in 1973 at the dawn of Russian peacekeeping.

Aleksey Alekseevich Ignatiev is honored and respected by military diplomats, writers, intelligence officers, linguists, and military UN observers (peacekeepers).


In November, 2016 marks the 60 anniversary of the UN peacekeeping symbol, the blue beret. United Nations military observers in peacekeeping missions wear national military uniforms and peacekeeping symbols: a blue beret, a cap, a helmet, a scarf, a patch, a bandage, and a blue vest.

We quote an excerpt from the book A. A. Ignatieff "50 years in the ranks", which in the last century was popular among Soviet UN military observers: "Military diplomats differ from civilians in that for them the military uniform itself is a symbol of some kind of international military solidarity." He survived three wars, and in 1947, he took off his military uniform.

It must be said that military diplomacy and the UN military observer service are two close activities. Military diplomacy and peacemaking have much in common. They are brought together by diplomatic passports, professionalism, military etiquette, diplomatic immunity, military uniform, knowledge of military affairs and several foreign languages, nobility and prestige, as well as a decent representation of our country abroad.

Our military observers served together with officers from France and Denmark. Norway, Sweden, where Ignatiev had to work. The one-volume Ignatiev was the reference book of my colleague. Going to the UN observation post with a foreign observer, my friend looked through the pages of the book where the Scandinavian countries were mentioned. UN military observers have much to learn from General Ignatiev.

The famous writer Valentin Pikul in the book “I Have Honor” 10 mentions the name of Ignatiev once. The expression “I have honor” is mentioned by General Ignatiev in his book. All his life he remained a knight of honor, was one of the brightest representatives of Russian military diplomacy. During the Great Patriotic War, the general rendered invaluable assistance to the Red Army, assisted in the formation of the Military Institute of Foreign Languages. Awarded the medal "For the victory over Germany."


Ignatiev received a broad military education in the Cadet and Page Corps and the Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Army. He received and used the GA award. Leer to enhance education. With this knowledge of military affairs, stories and foreign armies, General Ignatiev passed on to his fellow servicemen and young people. In the military publishing house and in the administration of higher military educational institutions he enjoyed great prestige.

Let's look in the archives: “17 April 1943, Major General A.A. Ignatiev sent a personal letter to the People's Commissar of Defense ... To begin with, in the form of experience, it is proposed to create, as a model, only one cadet corps in Moscow, which should be part of the UVUZ and the People's Commissariat of Defense. Soon Suvorov military schools were established.

The advice of the general on the design of written documents, diplomatic etiquette and regional geography is very relevant today for military peacekeepers.


It is known that the main weapons UN military observers is a foreign language. It can be said that a peacemaker is a peacemaker as many times as he knows foreign languages.

Speaking about the study of foreign languages, Alexey Ignatiev wrote: “The pages turned out to be head and shoulders above all the junkers in the knowledge of foreign languages. A course in the history of French and German literature was taught in special classes, and many pages wrote essays with the same ease as in Russian. ”

There were very high demands for language training and for senior officers. So, for admission to the General Staff Academy, it was required to pass exams in two foreign languages ​​- to write essays on given topics or to translate complex technical texts with a dictionary.

Without knowledge of the native language, it is difficult to learn a foreign language. Now, when a total dictation is being carried out, let us recall Cornet Ignatiev: “According to the order established for a long time, the Russian language exam was the first. It was required to get at least nine points on the 12-point system; score was made up of points obtained for dictation and essay. The exams in the Russian language were especially feared, because they knew ahead of time that he would entail the screening of at least 20% of candidates.

In the dim old audience we were crammed with 400 people, and I was squeezed somewhere in the back rows between two completely unknown to me army infantry officers. Everything, as was the case in exams, was in official form, that is, in uniforms, with uniform and orders.

When everyone was given a paper, the professor of Russian literature Tsvetkovsky began to clearly dictate an excerpt from the "Pugachev rebellion." Two, three times, he repeated each phrase. Tension grew constantly, and it seemed that some dirty trick was concealed in the most ordinary word. ”

The influence of the book “50 years in service” on the formation of the UN military observer institute in our country is immense. Several of our first-call peacekeepers took this book with them. And although our officers worked and participated in hostilities in other countries until 1973, they did not have to serve in an international peacekeeping military organization. There were no practices of communicating with two dozen officers from different countries around the clock at observation posts. Desire and necessity have done their job. The book “50 years in the ranks” can be considered as an art form instruction on diplomatic work.


Foreign topographic maps are indispensable to the UN military observers. Currently, the UN Geospace Information Section is involved in the deployment maps of peacekeeping missions.

Peacekeepers recall: “It so happens that with UN military observers (military experts of peacekeeping missions) peacekeeping day with a topographic map begins and the map ends.”

A. A. was also respectful, respectful and respectful of the map. Ignatiev.

The famous writer Viktor Nekrasov, who read the sensational book “50 years in the ranks” in a volley, recalled that in the general’s office “there was an enormous, full-length, map of Europe. Alexey Alekseevich not without pride drew my attention to her.

“I can boast,” he said, “I think that neither the Academy of Sciences nor the Lenin Library has such a detailed map.” Judging by the fact that it was specifically requested to the Kremlin when the demarcation line was drawn between Germany and the USSR. ”

Working with maps in France, a military diplomat recalled: “Oh, this map! Never shall I forget her. “Look,” she seemed to say to me, “how badly you work ...”

Our military observers and police officers have to work in 10 peacekeeping missions with officers from dozens of countries from all continents. Pay attention to several missions.

There are officers from 34 countries in the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). In the oldest mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO), 26 countries are represented. In the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), officers from 54 countries serve.

Flags, signs, emblems, epaulets - always before your eyes. Around the expanse - the geography of the world. Peacekeepers can use geographical dictation!


Referring to the "Short Literary Encyclopedia." The article about A.A. Ignatiev wrote V.G. Fink (1888 – 1973). In 1914, he volunteered for the French army and was enrolled in the Foreign Legion. After the war he returned to Russia. The author writes:

“The book of memoirs by I.“ 50 years in the ranks ”(part 1 – 2, 1939 – 1940) paints the life of the highest Russian. Society and the court, Rus.-Japanese. war and the reasons for the defeat of Rus. army, the life of Russia, Scandinavia and France in the period preceding 1-th world war and after it. Memoirs of I., covering a large historical. period, written accurately and expressively, they represent not only informative, but also artist. interest".

General Ignatiev was familiar with many artists.

Fate brought him to the artist Nikolai Glushchenko (1900 – 1976) in France, where he designed the Soviet pavilion of the Lyon Fair in 20-s. In 1936, the artist returned to Moscow, and in 1944, he moved to Kiev. He collaborated with Soviet intelligence, was one of those who, in advance of January 1940 of the year, informed the Soviet government about the impending attack by fascist Germany. Works N.P. Glushchenko are in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, in many foreign museums and private collections.

At the beginning of this century, "hit the fountain of books" from the series "ZHZL" on the theme of "gallery beaten", escaped "with rati": Wrangel, Denikin, Kornilov, Kutepov, Kolchak. Some authors cite A.A. Ignatieff. Ignatieff is particularly abundantly quoted by the author of a book about Wrangel.

Scrolling through the "White Guard series of books," you can see that they bear the "imprint of political conjuncture." No time to count saber blows. Unlike the White Guard generals, cavalryman Ignatiev did not raise his sword against his countrymen.

The literary activity of Alexei Ignatiev is extensive. The “storage units” in the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI) and other archives provide an opportunity for writers to prepare a book about it from the series “The Life of Remarkable People” (ZHZL).

The memoirs of Metropolitan Pitirim about Ignatiev are very interesting: “He was a very interesting man, a sample of the Horse Guards. He was huge. ”

Ignatieff’s good friend was the well-known diplomat Vladimir Petrovich Potemkin. It is symbolic that our first peacemaker, who appeared at the UN observation post on the east bank of the Suez Canal in 1973, was Major Nikolai Potyomkin, albeit a namesake.

Let's give the floor to specialists. Analysis of the military diplomatic work of General A.A. Ignatieff was given by Professor Vladimir Ivanovich Vinokurov in the first volume of The History of Military Diplomacy: “All the activities and lives of A.A. Ignatiev, a broad-based military diplomat, a diversified erudite officer, is an example of selfless devotion to the Motherland, an example of the ability to consistently defend the interests of the state and the Russian people in the difficult conditions of the beginning of the 20th century. ”

We can proudly say: manga pars fui - "it was a considerable part."
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  1. +11
    5 June 2016 06: 29
    When I was young, I read his book "50 years in the ranks" - a strong thing, I advise .... yes there were people, from the vranesh time, we are now oh so useful ...
    1. +1
      5 June 2016 15: 31
      It is necessary for the public to know about such people, true patriots. Make a documentary, call the street.
  2. +8
    5 June 2016 07: 38
    "Unlike the White Guard generals, the cavalryman Ignatiev did not raise a saber against his compatriots." - and unlike the Red Guards too7
  3. +8
    5 June 2016 08: 09
    The greatest merit of A. Ignatiev, in my opinion, is that, on his initiative, Stalin returned to the Army personnel the epaulettes and rank of officer. At the initiative of Ignatiev A.A. and Marshal Shaposhnikov B.M. Stalin agreed with the creation of the Suvorov and Nakhimov military schools, similar to the old cadet corps.
    1. erg
      27 September 2016 11: 10
      Actually, the issue of introducing epaulettes arose in the 40th year. As a more convenient sign of distinction than collar valves with badges. But it was postponed or rather did not begin to be considered due to more pressing problems with modernization, in modern language, of the army. Then changes were introduced in uniform uniforms, which led to some simplification and greater practicality. So, for example, a waist pack was introduced into the equipment, an analogue of which appeared in the states during the Vietnam War. True, before the start of the war he never entered the troops, did not have time. At the same time, the first full-length dress uniform in the Red Army was developed.
  4. +5
    5 June 2016 08: 13
    His Excellency, Lieutenant General of the Soviet Army, Count Alexei Alekseevich Ignatiev .... And his book is wonderful ... By the way, he returned to the USSR in 1937 .. and was not repressed as a "French" spy ... Probably about all Ignatiev's activities, we still we won't find out for a long time ...
    1. +5
      5 June 2016 09: 21
      Quote: parusnik
      By the way he returned to the USSR in 1937 .. and was not repressed as a "French" spy.

      Because at one time, being a military attaché in France (until 1917) he returned to the USSR the money allocated by the tsarist government for the purchase of weapons
      1. +5
        5 June 2016 10: 37
        About 20 years of work in the Soviet trade mission in Paris, a professional intelligence officer Ignatiev apparently did not sell bras ... Apparently he still had merits, except for the transferred money ...
        1. +5
          5 June 2016 14: 51
          Just the tales that in the year 37 was the beating of innocents is greatly exaggerated. Although there were certainly excesses, as evidenced by the subsequent Beria rehabilitation ...
  5. +5
    5 June 2016 08: 22
    Superficial article about knowledge of languages, topographic maps and UN observers
    General Ignatiev was an outstanding Russian (Soviet) intelligence officer; there is nothing in the article about this.
  6. +10
    5 June 2016 08: 24
    Since 1979 I have visited France. I always had to introduce myself at the embassy upon arrival. It was necessary to participate in all meetings in the presence of one of the embassy secretaries. So it was. And then one day at the Thomson TsSF firm, which was headed by the brother of the President of France, he asked me upon arrival in the USSR to go to Leningrad and bow to the house where the Ignatievs lived before the revolution. This is in the area of ​​Labor Square. Apparently Mitterrand was aware that I was subordinate to enterprises from Leningrad, that I myself was also a Leningrad citizen.
    In my youth I was in this mansion, there was a club. And we cadets loved going to dances there.
    So, our ambassador in France was revered not only in the USSR, but in France. I have the honor.
    1. +1
      5 June 2016 20: 10
      Say hello to Admiral Orlov, or rather to brothers - Admirals Orlov!
  7. +2
    5 June 2016 08: 37
    It is said very correctly, about General Ignatiev, you need to write a book, a strong statesman, Russian, Russian, Soviet. He supported the state, ignoring who was in power, saved a lot of money in foreign banks and returned the real officer to the state.
  8. +6
    5 June 2016 08: 49
    I reread the two-volume book "50 Years in the Ranks" once a year or two, it does not get boring. But in my two-volume edition, published in the 90s of the last century, lines about Stalin are completely cut out / this is about the parade, where A.A. Ignatiev was as a guest /. It's just that during my school days I was enrolled in the three existing libraries of the district and that book, published about the accession of the Bald Corn Man, I took from the library of the Teacher's House. Interestingly, the library was still there, but the teacher's house was gone. Then in this one-story building there was a children's and youth sports school, and then a sobering-up center. That’s a twist of evolution in the enlightenment of the people!
  9. +2
    5 June 2016 10: 26
    Thanks for the info. But he didn’t know anything about man. Epoch!
  10. +5
    5 June 2016 10: 27
    With a small note it is impossible to reveal the image of such a bright personality as A.A. Ignatiev.
    True, this is not the first article about the "red column" of A.A. Ignatiev on the pages of VO. But even his magnificent "50 Years in the Line" does not fully reveal his enormous contribution to the preservation of Russia. The book ends with his return to his homeland. But his life in the USSR is worthy of another book, just as great as the first.
  11. +1
    5 June 2016 10: 36
    He survived three wars

    Exactly what survived is quite comfortable.
    Russo-Japanese War: Assistant Senior Adjutant of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Chief Officer for Records Management, Adjutant of the Quartermaster General.
    The rest of the war is a military agent in Western countries.
    He bought the loyalty of the Bolsheviks, treacherously transferring the money entrusted to him by the Russian government, for which he was even condemned by his brother Pavel Alekseevich Ignatiev.
    Pavel Alekseevich Ignatiev is truly a hero and an interesting person: during WWI he commanded the 2 squadron of the Life Guards of the Hussars, took direct part in the battles, received a severe wound to his leg and went on to serve in counterintelligence. As a military intelligence officer, he was sent to France, led Russian intelligence in France, and was the head of the Russian mission in Inter-Allied Intelligence Bureau in France. On 1917, powerful and branched organizations worked for him: Catholic, Masonic, Roman and Chevalier.
    1. -2
      5 June 2016 11: 18
      Another worthy brother (cousin) Pavel Nikolaevich Ignatiev- Outstanding Minister of Education of Russia, who has done a lot for him, and his plans and ideas were largely implemented after the October Revolution, they were so good.
      A man of great courage and decency: being taken hostage by the Bolsheviks in Pyatigorsk, he was released by them as a reformer of BUT, but REFUSED to leave until his two comrades released, which saved their life. The remaining hostages were brutally slaughtered.
    2. +2
      5 June 2016 12: 00
      Quote: Aleksander
      He bought the loyalty of the Bolsheviks, treacherously transferring the money entrusted to him by the Russian government, for which he was even condemned by his brother Pavel Alekseevich Ignatiev.

      And to whom should he have returned it? To the White Guards? Too much Russian gold remained abroad. And neither the USA nor England nor Japan returned it to Russia.
      1. +1
        5 June 2016 23: 25
        Quote: Amurets
        And to whom should he have returned it?

        To the one who gave them. It was not the Bolsheviks who gave them to Ignatiev and not so that he would give them to them.
        Abroad there were a lot of ministers and VP and Imp. Prospect
        1. -1
          6 June 2016 01: 57
          Quote: Aleksander

          To the one who gave them. It was not the Bolsheviks who gave them to Ignatiev and not so that he would give them to them.
          Abroad there were a lot of ministers and VP and Imp. Prospect

          Or maybe you? Too many people who wanted to get Russian money and Russian gold for a fool divorced. And so the Russian Federation calculated and calculated on the debts of the former USSR and RI
        2. erg
          27 September 2016 11: 30
          He probably should have done what the ambassador of the interim government to the United States did. He, just like Ignatiev transferred money to his account, opened a candle factory and existed comfortably. Ignatiev did not spend any of the money that he transferred to his account, he grew champignons to make ends meet. And this money belonged to the state, and not to the government, which ceased to exist after the October events. And he gave the money to our state, to whom they belonged. You must understand that any government does not own the state treasury, but only has the right to dispose of it. A new one comes, no matter how, it already has the right to dispose. But money from the treasury, etc. remain state property. RSFSR, USSR - this is the same Russian Empire. The name, ideology, form of government has changed, but the state remains the same. Even government structures have remained almost unchanged.
    3. +3
      5 June 2016 14: 32
      In my opinion, the transfer of money to the Soviet government, on the part of Ignatiev, cannot be called a betrayal. There was simply no one else to transfer, he returned the money to his country. White emigration is continuous squabbles and discord, they were divorced from reality.
    4. +5
      5 June 2016 15: 01
      Quote: Aleksander
      I bought the loyalty of the Bolsheviks, treacherously transferring to them the money entrusted to him by the Russian government,

      So what did he do wrong? Didn't give away people's money for "the development of these by the best people of yopschestva"? In the light of the realities of the 90s of the last century, just some kind of monster!
      1. +1
        5 June 2016 15: 31
        Quote: V.ic

        So what did he do wrong? Didn't give away people's money for "the development of these by the best people of yopschestva"? In the light of the realities of the 90s of the last century, just some kind of monster!

        Yes! "The best people" are Americans, Japanese, Czechoslovakians, Semyonovites? Did I understand you correctly? Claims not to you, but to those who called Ignatiev a traitor. Because, despite the obligations, Russian gold did not return to the Motherland. See the link above and links to books, they were on the network: Sirotkin; "Foreign gold Russia ". Latyshev;" How Japan stole Russian gold. "There are more materials.
    5. xan
      6 June 2016 00: 45
      Quote: Aleksander
      He bought the loyalty of the Bolsheviks, treacherously transferring the money entrusted to him by the Russian government, for which he was even condemned by his brother Pavel Alekseevich Ignatiev.
      Pavel Alekseevich Ignatiev is really a hero and an interesting person: during WWI he commanded the 2nd squadron of the Life Guards of the Hussars, took direct part in the battles, was seriously wounded in the leg and went on to serve in counterintelligence.

      This is the scribble of a person who looks in a book - he sees a fig. By the way, the money in the form of French loans was not entrusted to the Russian government, but to Ignatyev personally, because the French government considered the officials of the Russian government to be thieves and had every reason to do so.
      Ignatiev clearly did not sympathize with the revolution, but all his activities as a military agent in France clearly show that he is an ardent Russian patriot. Those who read his book could not fail to note that Ignatiev was keenly aware of the inability of the tsarist bureaucracy to restore elementary order and win the war. He knew about the terrifying corruption in the highest echelons of power, bordering on the betrayal of national interests, in the book a bunch of these facts. And precisely because of this, he did not give money to whites, because he saw in them the same traders of national interests. He was especially outraged by the personnel policy of the Russian Headquarters, when incapable generals poured Russian blood into the rivers and did not retire from their posts. The French repeatedly pointed out cases of egregious sloppiness, corruption, laughed at frankly stupid Russian generals, and could not understand why the Russian Headquarters did not draw conclusions. By the time of the revolution, Ignatiev despised tsarist power and the tsarist bureaucracy, he considered them the culprits of the shame of Russia in the WWII.
      I would also like to note that he never needed money, did not consider material wealth as a goal, he was used to participating in really serious processes affecting the lives of a huge number of people. Therefore, the return of money to Soviet Russia is logical, they were most needed for the Soviets and really went to the benefit of the people.
  12. +3
    5 June 2016 10: 37
    For those who wish to become more fully acquainted with the life path of the Count, Lieutenant General Alexei Ignatiev, I recommend an article by Maria Romakhina published on the VO website three years ago ... The material more fully covers the activities of one of the glorious sons of the Motherland ...

    Soviet Count Ignatiev
    December 16 2013
  13. +1
    5 June 2016 15: 42
    With surprise and accidentally read Ignatiev's book, I was simply shocked by the scale of the personality. Simply, unpretentiously, routinely describes large-scale events both in his own life and in the life that is historically significant for states (!). There are few such articles, I am glad that periodically appear and popularize the contribution of the "little" person in the formation of the way of life on the whole Earth.
  14. +4
    5 June 2016 20: 19
    ".... A participant in the Russian-Japanese war of 1905, was wounded. Since 1912 in France in diplomatic work, a military representative of the tsarist government, concurrently - the head of an agent network in France. In September 1917, Count Alexei Alekseevich, who continued to represent France, the Russian army, was awarded the rank of major general.He was the only person entitled to manage the state account of Russia in the Bank de France, which contained 225 million gold francs intended for the purchase of arms in France. After the civil war, many Russian emigrants organizations courted Count Ignatiev so that he would transfer this money to them as “legal representatives of Russia.” The money was left without an owner, no one would be surprised if he simply embezzled it - from the collapsed Russian Empire, gold, valuables and cash were plundered simply without counting everyone who had the desire and the opportunity.Graf Ignatiev had all the opportunities, but did not have l desire.
    The count’s act was unexpected for many. In 1924 he appeared to the Soviet trade representative LB Krasin and handed him all the money. All.
    Emigration was announced by Count A.A. Ignatiev was a traitor. His mother denied him and asked not to come to her funeral "so as not to disgrace the family in front of the cemetery watchman." He was shot at by his brother Pavel, the former head of the tsarist military intelligence. Alexei survived by a miracle - a bullet pierced his cap two centimeters from his head. This "brotherly gift" he will then keep all his life. His friend Karl Mannerheim, with whom they studied together at the Academy of the General Staff, broke all relations with Ignatiev, and he was not the only one. There were several assassination attempts. In doing his deed, the count risked very much. "
    This is an excerpt from an article about Ignatiev.
    A man of very high moral principles. A true patriot. Because of this money, his mother refused him.
    Why he returned the money only in 1924. Because France officially recognized the USSR this year.
  15. +2
    5 June 2016 21: 41
    In "50 years in the ranks" I was most impressed by how colleagues, contemporaries of A.A. Ignatiev. They knew a lot, knew and did a lot personally. Minimal staff, relative comfort.

    Against the background of A.A. Ignatiev, our "leaders" are surrounded by speechwriters, image makers, an army of assistants, experts, etc.
    Their very "body" was created only for cutting ribbons, refined press approaches and other symbolic acts.
  16. +4
    5 June 2016 23: 05
    Thanks to his book, I went to the service
  17. +1
    5 June 2016 23: 27
    Many thanks to the author for the story.
  18. +1
    6 June 2016 06: 21
    "VO" has already given several materials about the "Soviet column" General Ignatiev. This time the material is somewhat unusual - with a kind of peacekeeping bias. Apparently the author is closer to this topic. Although, the main event in his life was still the decision to return to the 20s in the USSR and transfer to his homeland huge funds belonging to Russia (225 million francs in gold) and invested in his name in French banks. For these actions, he was boycotted by the emigre organizations. Was expelled from the partnership of graduates of the Corps of Pages and officers of the Cavalry Regiment. Even a brother signed the appeal calling for a harsh trial of the apostate. But, all these misfortunes did not break the general, and he, unlike the balabols who took refuge abroad, continued to serve Russia. Ignatiev's act and his decision to return the money to Russia, and not spend it on their own needs, still do not find understanding among some of our contemporaries, who are only capable of plundering their people and their country. It is useless to compare Ignatiev with our current billionaire oligarchs. It's like comparing a person and an amoeba. Let each of us mentally try on the cap of Count Ignatiev and think if he is capable of this? On such examples, you can best understand how the people of the Soviet elite differ from today's thieves' elite. And, finally, Count Ignatiev's book "50 Years in the Arms" was published in the USSR in October 1941. and was sold in Moscow in those days when the enemy was on the threshold of the capital. There is a note about this in Izvestia for October 25, 1941.
    1. xan
      6 June 2016 13: 25
      Quote: demotivator
      It's like comparing a person and an amoeba.

      It should be noted that he was a titled aristocrat, a member of elite French clubs. I would certainly lose weight, but I would have retained my connections in higher industrial (the giant Citroen had practically begun with his order) and financial circles, and kept my position in society. Hopeless poverty certainly did not shine on him.
  19. 0
    6 June 2016 23: 43
    A superficial article, I did not like, they make a hero out of a traitor.
    1. 0
      27 September 2016 10: 39
      Traitor of what, the Motherland? So homeland is associated with the concept of people. He returned to his people and donated funds. And besides, he was a professional intelligence officer and most likely returned along this line "not empty-handed." When you throw a loud slogan, then justify it.
    2. erg
      27 September 2016 11: 38
      Justify. Who exactly did he betray?

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