Alexander Kutepov – 1930

By | January 27, 2017

Agents of Ogpu kidnapped Kutepov in Paris


Alexander Kutepov


Alexander Kutepov was born on 16 September 1882 and, as a young officer, fought in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 where he was wounded and won a medal. During the Great October Socialist Revolution he joined the Whites to fight against the Bolsheviks. He became the commander of the Kornilov Shock Regiment and in August 1918 he was appointed Governor General of the Black Sea region.

In January 1919 he became a lieutenant general of the White’s I Army Corps. Kutepov brooked no dissent and often meted out the death penalty to looters and traitors. In November 1920 he and his troops were evacuated to Gallipoli and then, at the end of 1921, to Bulgaria.

In 1923 he was expelled from Bulgaria and moved with his wife to Paris. In 1928 he became the leader of the Russian All-Military Union. On 26 January 1930 agents of Ogpu (the forerunner of the KGB) kidnapped Kutepov in Paris to take him back to Novorossisyk in the Soviet Union.


Paris, France


Sunday 26 January 1930


It is unclear whether Kutepov died en route to the Soviet Union or whether he was killed upon arrival there. He was 47.


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