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Vladimir Bogomolov

Vladimir Osipovich Bogomolov (Russian: Владимир Осипович Богомолов; 3 July 1926 in Kirillovka village, Moscow Governorate – 30 December 2003 in Moscow) was a Soviet writer.

When Bogomolov was still in school the Soviet Union was drawn into World War II. He joined the Army after completing only seven grades. He started the war as a private; when the war was over, he had a company under his command. He was wounded and was awarded several medals during his active duty. He continued his military service until 1950 in the army intelligence in East Germany. In 1950 — 1951, he spent 13 months in jail without being formally charged. He retired in 1952. One of his early short stories, Ivan (Иван, 1957), was adapted to screen as Ivan's Childhood (Иваново детство, 1962) by Andrei Tarkovsky.

His most famous novel is In August of 1944 (The Moment of Truth, 1973), which tells the story of SMERSH operatives that followed the frontlines, restored order, and eliminated suspected marauders and saboteurs. It is partly told through pseudo-authentic military correspondence and documents: orders, circulars, telegrams, and reports.[1] The novel saw over a hundred editions, was translated into multiple languages, and was made into a film twice.[1]

Today, some historians and journalists have very strong doubts about his military service at all. They stated that his entire military biography is just a hoax.[2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rabichev L.N. (2005). "Подарок ко дню победы". Личный сайт писателя Рабичева. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. 
  2. Kuchkina O. Autobiography of fictional person (in Russian)// Komsomolskaja pravda. — 13 September 2005
  3. Razzakov F. I. (2004) Life of the wonderful times, 1970—1974: Time, events, people (in Russian). — M.: Eksmo. pp. 120, 168, 182.ISBN 5-699-05394-8

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