A Young Scoundrel Book

A Young Scoundrel by Eduard Veniaminovich Limonov

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Eduard Veniaminovich Limonov (Savenko) (February 22, 1943, Dzerzhinsk, Gorky Region - March 17, 2020, Moscow) - Russian writer, publicist, Russian politician, former chairman of the National Bolshevik Party (NBP) banned in Russia, chairman eponymous parties and coalition "Other Russia". Deputy and member of the Council of the National Assembly of the Russian Federation (in which he was suspended until the convocation of an in-person session). On March 2, 2009, he declared his intention to become a single opposition candidate in the 2012 presidential elections in Russia or in early elections. He began his career at the age of 17. He worked as a loader, a high-altitude installer, a builder, a steelmaker, a batch header, a chopper. He entered the Kharkov Pedagogical Institute. He began writing poetry in 1958.

In 1963 he took part in a workers` strike against the reduction of prices. He wrote poetry until the early 1980s, then took up prose, then journalism. In 1974 he emigrated from the USSR and lived in the USA. The reason for this, according to the testimony of Limonov himself, was the condition set by the KGB officers: in case of refusal to be a "secret officer" - emigration to the West. In December 1973, the chairman of the KGB, Yu.


Andropov, called Limonov "a staunch anti-Soviet". In 1975-1976 he worked as a proofreader for the New York newspaper Novoye Russkoe Slovo. In the Russian émigré press, he wrote accusatory articles against capitalism and the bourgeois way of life. Takes part in the activities of the US Socialist Workers` Party. In this regard, he was summoned for questioning by the FBI. In May 1976, he handcuffs himself to the New York Times building, demanding the publication of his articles. In 1976 the Moscow newspaper Nedelya reprinted from the New Russian Word the article by Limonov “Disappointment” published in September 1974. In connection with the publication of this article in the USSR, the dismissal from the "New Russian Word" follows. This was the first and last publication of Limonov in the USSR until 1989. In the early 1990s, he restored Soviet citizenship and returned to Russia, where he began active political activity. Participated in the events of September 21 - October 4, 1993 in Moscow, in the defense of the White House (Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR). Published in the newspapers Sovetskaya Rossiya and Novy Vzglyad [4]. Founder and first editor of the Limonka newspaper. In 1994 he founded the National Bolshevik Party. In 1995, Limonov published two articles in Limonka - "Limonka in the Croats" and "Black List of Nations", for which a criminal case was initiated against the writer. The articles, which were also reprinted by the newspaper "Novy Vzglyad", spoke about the existence of "bad peoples" and their "collective guilt" before Russia. The "bad" peoples included Chechens, Croats, Latvians, Czechs, as well as Ingush and Slovaks. Limonov expressed regret that Joseph Stalin did not complete the deportation of the Caucasian peoples, and declared that military actions against representatives of the named nationalities were justified: “You can kill them” [5]. He took part in hostilities in Yugoslavia on the side of the Serbs, in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict on the side of Abkhazia, in the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian conflict on the side of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. He was accused of preparing an armed invasion of Kazakhstan in 2000-2001 to protect the Russian-speaking population. In April 2001, on charges of possession of weapons and the creation of illegal armed groups (the charge was dropped), he was imprisoned in the FSB detention center in Lefortovo, on April 15, 2003 he was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Released on parole. He is active in opposition. He is one of the leaders of the Other Russia opposition coalition. Fluent in English and French. The first common-law wife of Limonov was Anna Moiseevna Rubinstein, an expressionist artist (she hanged herself in 1990). The second wife is the poetess Elena Shchapova, the author of the book of memoirs "It`s Me - Elena" (she was married to Limonov in October 1973). The third wife of the writer in 1983 was Natalya Georgievna Medvedeva, a model, writer and singer. They lived together for 13 years, until 1995, when they parted in Moscow, but did not officially divorce until Medvedeva`s death (2003). Limonov was at this time in the Saratov Central Prison. The last wife of the writer was the actress Ekaterina Volkova, from whom his son Bogdan was born on November 7, 2006, and his daughter Alexander was born on July 17, 2008. Died March 17, 2020

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