First posted 980829.
Last minor change 20030426
Born in Lugova near Oryol. In 1935, became a celebrity, beginning a movement among workers and peasants to increase production work. The Stakhanovite movement was promoted in the press, literature, and film. In reality, this was a propaganda maneuver. Where workers received the best equipment and most favorable conditions, the best results [of course] showed up. After Stalin's death, the artificiality of the movement was acknowledged, and it was replaced with so-called brigades of socialist labor. In 1988, the Soviet press unmasked the widely propagandized personal achievements of Stakhanov as puffery -- the production of his co-workers was added to his own total.
This photo appeared in "Ogonyok," 1936, Issue #24 (30 Aug 1936).
"Comrade Ogilvy," a military hero, was invented by "Winston Smith" in George Orwell's 1984 (Chapter 1). As of 26 Apr 2003, we found the relevant part of 1984 posted at this URL:
The capitalists at the Adminet jobs site have shown interest in the achievements of Aleksei Grigor'evich. Perhaps that indicates they would intend to offer their workers the protection of socialist labor law, but perhaps it is just a provocation.
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