Mikhail Lashevich

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Attending the 8th Party Congress

Mikhail Mikhailovich Lashevich (Russian: Михаил Михайлович Лашевич; 1884 in Odessa, Russian Empire – 30 August 1928 in Harbin, China), also known under the name Gaskovich,[1] was a Soviet military and party leader, and member of Bolshevik Russian Social Democratic Labour Party since 1901.[2]

After the October Revolution, he held various higher military, party and governmental posts.[2]

Once Joseph Stalin started to rise to power, Lashevich sided with Leon Trotsky, as a result, he was removed from central posts and sent to Harbin to serve as deputy chairman of the Chinese Eastern Railway (1926-1928). In 1927, at the 15th Congress of the VKP(b), he was expelled from the Party, together with other Trotskyists; in 1928, after he recanted his opposition, his party membership was restored.[2]

In August 1928, he was reported to have been arrested by Chinese authorities in connection with the Barga uprising at Hulunbuir, which was led by Merse.[3]

Some claim that he committed suicide, others claim he died in a car accident,[2] he is remembered by a plaque on the Field of Mars in St Petersburg.