In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2017. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, pp. 185–199.
Nikolay Nekrasov was one of the famous figures of Russian Revolution of 1917. He began his career as engineer and was a professor at Tomsk Polytechnic Institute, before he became involved into political activity. He was a deputy in State Duma and an active member of the Cadets on the party’s left wing. Then, in 1917, he became a member of the Provisional Government and a close collaborator of Alexander Kerensky in his policy of cooperation with left-wing parties. After the Bolshevik coup d’état in October 1917, he left politics and worked in the institutions of Soviet Russia. Until 1930, he taught at Moscow University, but was arrested at this time and worked on a construction site building the White Sea-Baltic canal and then the Moscow-Volga canal – first as prisoner and then as released civilian. In 1939 he was arrested again and executed on the basis of trumped up charges. His fate was unusual for Russian non-Bolshevik politicians of early 20th century who tended to either emigrate or fight against the Bolshevik regime with White Army; yet Nekrasov cooperated with the new regime until becoming its victim.