Nikolai Biasi

Military Person

1893 – 1973


Who was Nikolai Biasi?

Nikolai Nikalayevich Biasi was a Soviet General, sportsman and writer.

Biasi was born into an Italian family which had long settled in Russia. His grandmother, Daria Lebeda was a well regarded opera singer and a favourite of Glinka. His grandfather, Alexander Palme was a member of the Petrashevsky Circle and was subject to last minute reprieve from execution together with Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Biasi was initially educated in at the drama school in Odessa and appeared on the stage as a child. He moved with his family to St Petersburg at the age of 12. He fought in the Imperial Russian Army during World War I and joined the Bolsheviks after the revolution. During the Russian Civil War he fought on the Caucasus Front and was one of the commanders of the railway guards.

From 1922 Biasi developed a career in military education. In 1922 he taught in the Infantry School in Tbilisi. From 1923 to 1927 he was chief at TVOKU in Tashkent. In 1928-31 he was director of military studies at Tomsk University.

Biasi was appointed Military Attache to Italy between 1936 and 1938. He was the founding Principal of the Institute of Military Interpreters and ran the institute between 1940 and 1944, during this time he compiled several military dictionaries. During this time Biasi was deputy to the commander of the Caucasus Front and led a special mountain warfare school. Biasi was appointed Lieutenant General in 1944.

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Apr 14, 1893
Apr 7, 1973

on July 23, 2013


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