Medvedev, Dmitry Nikolaevich.

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Dmitry Nikolaevich Medvedev born 22-08-1898, in Bryansk, in a steelworker’s family and from the legendary Commander of the Partisan Movement, skilled steel manufacturer Nikolai Medvedev and villager Olga Karpovna Gubanova. They lived at the Bezhitsa plant in the province of Oryol, near Bryansk. Nikolai Fedorovich has worked all his life in a local facility. He was an honest and strict man. At home, the Medvedevs did not tolerate the void and the authority of their parents was unwavering. Nikolai Fedorovich and Olga Karpovny had nineteen (!) Children; nine of them survived – four boys and five girls. In 1914, Dmitry began helping his brother Alexander, who was a member of the Bryansk Regional Committee of the RSDLP, with the preparation and preservation of leaflets. arms. At the end of 1917 Alexander Medvedev was elected president of the provincial emergency committee of Bryansk. Dmitry also served as Secretary of the Soviet Workers, Soldiers, and Peasant Delegates in the Bryansk region. The young man was part of the third brigade of the fourth gun department of Orlovsky in Bryansk. During the civil war he participated in battles on the eastern and Petrograd fronts. At the same time, he became sick with typhoid and had been in typhoid for several months. Medvedev helped iron health, which was different from his childhood. He returned home with weak and deep eyes, returned in May 1920, and was hired as an RCP candidate just a few days later

During the Russian Civil War he joined the Red Army and in 1920 he joined the All-Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks). Between 1920 and 1935, he worked in the Cheka, OGPU and the NKVD in Soviet Ukraine.

In 1936 Dmitry Medvedev was sent as a NKVD intelligence agent abroad. In 1938 he returned to the Soviet Union and was appointed the head of the NKVD department of Norillag, a GULAG labor camp in Norilsk. Few months later Medvedev was fired from NKVD officially for “unjustified closures of criminal investigations” against political prisoners of the GULAG. In 1939 Medvedev retired and settled in the Moscow region.

In the summer of 1941, a few days after the German invasion of the Soviet Union, he was re-instated as a NKVD officer and sent to his native Bryansk region to organize underground resistance behind enemy lines. Between September 1941 and January 1942 Medvedev successfully organized guerrilla units in Bryansk, Smolensk, Oryol and Mogilev regions.

During the spring of 1942 Medvedev was given a new assignment – to organize partisan units deep behind the enemy lines in the Nazi-occupied Ukraine.

In June his guerrilla unit, named Pobediteli (The Victorious), was air-dropped into Zhytomyr region of Ukraine. Between June 1942 and March 1944 Medvedev’s units operated in Rivne and Lviv (in particular in Huta Pieniacka) regions and in about 120 engagements and liquidated up to 2000 German soldiers and officers including 11 generals and other high-ranking officials. The wartime activities of the Medvedev group in occupied Western Ukraine focused on sabotage, assassinations and espionage against the Wehrmacht.

Medvedev’s personal initiative was to organize a secret hiding place for 160 rescued Jewish women, children and elderly saved from Jewish ghettos. After the Red Army entered Western Ukraine in the spring of 1944 the Medvedev underground units became part of the regular army.

On 05-11-1944 Medvedev was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union title and the Gold Star medal.

Death and burial ground of Medvedev, Dmitry Nikolaevich.


After the war, the retired, and now legendary, partisan became the author of several books including It Happened Near Rovno. (1948)   His memoirs were dedicated to the story of his war-time partner – Soviet intelligence agent Nikolai Ivanovich Kuznetsov. According to official Soviet version, Kuznetsov was killed in a firefight with members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army near the city of Brody on 09-03-1944, age 2. In an alternative version by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army soldiers, Kuznetsov and his associates were detained in the village of Boratyn near Brody, dressed as German soldiers. To avoid being discovered, Kuznetsov blew himself up on a grenade

Dmitry Medvedev died in Moscow on 14-12-1954, age 56 of a heart attack and is buried on the Moscow – Novodevichy cemetery, Section 4, Line 26, No.13.


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