Ivan Shamiakin, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ivan Shamiakin

Belarusian writer and politician

Date of Birth: 30-Jan-1921

Place of Birth: Karma, Belarus

Date of Death: 14-Oct-2004

Profession: screenwriter, writer, politician, playwright, contributing editor, literary critic, opinion journalist

Nationality: Belarus

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Ivan Shamiakin

  • Ivan Shamiakin (Belarusian: ???? ???????, 30 January 1921 – 14 October 2004) was a Soviet Belarusian writer, he was perhaps one of the most prolific writers of the Soviet BSSR, writing in a socialist realist style. He was born in 1921 the village of Karma, Homiel Voblast, Belarus, studied construction engineering in a vocational school (1940), then fought in World War II, taking part in battles near Murmansk and in Poland.
  • After the war he studied at the Homel Pedagogical University, worked as an editor and had different Communist Party positions in the local party offices in Belarus. In 1958 Shamiakin, along with some other Belarusian writers, took part in the anti-Pasternak campaign.
  • In 1991 he confessed that had never been familiar with Boris Pasternak and never read Doctor Zhivago, but had trusted to older comrades.
  • Shamiakin mentioned as well Pasternak's "typically Jewish cowardice".In 1963 Shamiakin worked at the United Nations as a part of the Belarusian UN delegation.
  • In 1980 he became the chief editor of the Soviet Belarusian Encyclopedia and remained at this position until 1992.
  • In 1994 he became the academician of the National Academy of Sciences.

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