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The Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local Lore presented a book by Dmitry Nikolaevich Kryukov, a Soviet political activist who held senior positions in northern Sakhalin for several years.

Dmitry Nikolaevich Kryukov was a Soviet statesman and political figure. His name is familiar to islanders primarily through his work with a specific power structure, the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Regional Civil Administration, which was organizing life in the newly acquired territory of South Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands after World War II. Kryukov's recollections in the form of a manuscript ended up in the Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local Lore by the will of Dmitry Nikolayevich himself.

After Sakhalin, DN Kryukov worked for 12 years in Tyumen Regional Executive Committee, after which he retired. He settled in the city of Zvenigorod, Moscow Region, and was engaged in social work. Working in the section of revolution veterans of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism, D.N.Kryukov began to write his memoirs, which he dedicated to the 30th anniversary of victory over the Japanese militarists. In 1975 he sent his sketches to the Sakhalin Regional Committee of the Communist Party in hopes that they would be published. In an accompanying letter, Dmitry Nikolayevich noted that if the manuscripts were not accepted for publication, he wanted to give them to the Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local Lore.

In 2012, the museum published one of his manuscripts, Civil Administration in South Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands 1945-1948. (Memoirs and Essays)." However, few know the 10-year period of D.N. Kryukov's labor activity on Northern Sakhalin. From 1935 to 1944 Dmitry Nikolaevich was at first the head of the first agricultural experiment station on Sakhalin, then - the Regional Land Administration, the Regional Planning Commission and the Sakhalin Regional Executive Committee.

January 27, 2022 at the Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local Lore a presentation of the book "Ten years on Northern Sakhalin" was made by Oksana Vladimirovna Fetsova, head of the department of museum objects storage. The first part of the book (of the planned two) covers the period from 1935 to 1940 and describes the work of D. N. Krukov in agriculture.

The published work is of interest not only to historians but also to a wide range of readers, as the manuscripts of Dmitry Nikolaevich can be literally called "living history". The book contains details that are not found in other sources. Presentations about the Soviet Union in those years are usually one-sided, but memories of Dmitry Nikolayevich significantly complement the picture of life, which was advertised in newspapers and official documents of the authorities. We would like to note the author's broad outlook, which allows readers to see different spheres of island life (from agriculture to air communication with the mainland).

According to V. M. Latyshev, mentioned in the introduction of the book, it is the subjectivity of memories that gives them historical value: "Memoirs convey not only the perception of events as the author either observed them or participated in them, but also allow us to restore the flavor of the time, that elusive "flavor of the era" without which there is no history".

While working on the manuscripts, O.V. Fetsova thoroughly checked with the State Historical Archives of Sakhalin Oblast, using the documents of the regional committees, executive committees and other organizations to verify the course of events and the names and patronymics of the protagonists. The author's text also underwent revision: punctuation, syntax and stylistic errors were corrected, and conversations were framed as dialogues. Additional information regarding people, events, and dates is placed in footnotes.

The publication is accompanied by photographs, many of which are published for the first time. Among them are two photos from the personal archive of Krukov's daughters, given to the Sakhalin Regional Museum by local lore specialist Sergey Petrovich Fedorchuk.

The book "Ten Years on Northern Sakhalin" can be purchased now at the kiosk of the Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local Lore, and in 2-3 months it will appear on the shelves of island libraries.

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