Peter Vladimirov

Soviet diplomat and journalist

1905   -   1953

country of citizenship: Russian Empire, Soviet Union
educated at: Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies
occupation: diplomat, journalist
award received: Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner, Order of the Patriotic War 1st class, Order of the Red Star
position held: ambassador

Peter or Pyotr Parfenovich Vlasov, better known under his pen name Vladimirov, (Russian: Пётр Парфёнович Владимиров/Власов; 1905 - 10 September 1953) was a Soviet diplomat and journalist. He is best known for The Vladimirov Diaries, in which he recounted the events in Yan'an during the Second World War, particularly information on Mao Zedong.From May 1938 through to November 1945, he served as a correspondent for the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS). At the same time, from May 1942 to 1945, Vladimirov also acted as a liaison officer for Comintern to the headquarters of the Communist Party of China in Yan'an, the capital of the so-called Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia Border Region. In The Vladimirov Diaries, he recounted events in Yan'an during the Second World War. The diary criticized Mao's government and has been heavily edited for Soviet propaganda purposes. Vladimirov's last appointment was as a Soviet ambassador to Burma (1952); but, due to illness and death, he was unable to start working at that position. Vlasov was married to Maria Daniolvna Vlasova; they had two sons, Boris and Yury (born 1935). Yury became an Olympic champion in weightlifting and a prominent writer, he published his father's diaries in 1973, twenty years after his death.
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