Lev Okhotin

Lev Pavlovich Okhotin
Personal details
Born 1911
Chita, Russian Empire
Died 1948
Khabarovsk Krai, USSR

Lev Pavlovich Okhotin (Russian: Лев Па́влович Охоти́н; 1911–1948) was a member of the Supreme Council of the Russian Fascist Party, founded by exiles in Manchuria.

Biography

Okhotin was born in Chita, into a military family. In 1916 his father, Poruchik P. Okhotin, died. His mother, Nadezhda, married a section chief of the Chita police, Melnikov Aleksandr Petrovich, in 1919. In August 1920 the family emigrated from the Soviet Union to Manchuria. Okhotin first met Konstantin Rodzaevsky, founder of the Russian Fascist Party, in Harbin in 1932. At the end of 1933, as a student of the Harbin Teacher's Institute, Okhotin joined the Party and remained a member until 1943. Starting in 1935, Okhotin served as the business manager and then office manager of the Russian Fascist Party. In late 1936 he was appointed head of the organizational department of the Party. From 1937 to 1943 was a member of the Supreme Council.

Arrest and trial

Okhotin was arrested by SMERSH, the Russian counter-intelligence department, on September 7, 1945.

For almost a year, SMERSH organs and the Ministry for State Security conducted an investigation. Defendants in one case were combined as follows: Grigory Semyonov, Konstantin Rodzaevsky, General Lev Vlasyevsky, General Alexey Baksheev, Ivan A. Mikhailov (Minister of Finance in the Government of Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak), Lev Okhotin, Prince Nikolay Ukhtomsky, and Boris Shepunov. The trial began August 26, 1946, and was widely reported in the Soviet press. The trial was opened by Vasiliy Ulrikh, the Chairman of the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the USSR. The defendants were charged with anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda, espionage against the Soviet Union, sabotage, and terrorism. All the defendants pleaded guilty. On August 30, 1946, the Military Collegium found the defendants guilty, and Okhotin, along with Prince Ukhtomsky, "given their relatively smaller role in the anti-Soviet activities", were sentenced to 15 and 20 year terms in a work camp respectively. Okhotin died in a camp in 1948.

On March 26, 1998, the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation № 043/46 amended the criminal case against all of the defendants, except Semenov. According to article 58-10 Part 2 (anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda) of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR, the cases against all defendants were dismissed for lack of evidence. The rest of the sentence was upheld, and the defendants found not subject to rehabilitation.

References

  • Stephan, John J. The Russian Fascists: Tragedy and Farce in Exile, 1925-1945. ISBN 0-06-014099-2
  • К. В. Родзаевский. Завещание Русского фашиста. М., ФЭРИ-В, 2001 ISBN 5-94138-010-0
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