The Info List - Terentii Shtykov

Terentii Fomich Shtykov (Russian:Терентий Штыков; Korean:테렌티 스티코프; 28 February [O.S. 13 March] 1907 – 25 October 1964) was effectively the first supreme leader of North Korea, as the de facto head of its 1945-1948 military occupation and the first Soviet Ambassador to North Korea from 1948 until 1950. Shtykov's support for Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
was crucial in Kim's rise to power, and the two persuaded Stalin to allow the Korean War to begin in June 1950. A protégé of the influential politician Andrei Zhdanov, General Shtykov served as a political commissar during World War II, ending up on the Military Council of the Primorskiy Military District.[3] Through direct access to Joseph Stalin, Shtykov became the "real supreme ruler of North Korea, the principal supervisor of both the Soviet military and the local authorities."[5] Shtykov conceived of the Soviet Civil Administration, supported Kim's appointment as head of the North Korean provisional government, and assisted Stalin with editing the first North Korean constitution. As the preeminent representative of the Soviet Union's political authority over the nascent North Korea
North Korea
from October 1945 until December 1950, Shtykov's legacy was to aid the Kim family's rise to power. The war they started freed Kim from Soviet domination; China intervened following North Korea's poor military performance in the early autumn. Shtykov was fired as ambassador in December and demoted to major general the following month. He later served as the Soviet ambassador to Hungary from 1959 to 1960. Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov
asserts that Shtykov made more impact on Korean history than any foreigner other than Japanese colonial politicians, and that he was "the actual architect of the North Korean state as it emerged in 1945-50." Several of Shtykov's policies, most notably North Korean land reform, are today credited to Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
by official North Korean media.[2]


1 Early life 2 World War II 3 Supreme Leader of North Korea

3.1 Land reform 3.2 Korean War

4 Later career and death 5 Historic significance 6 References

Early life[edit] Shtykov was born in 1907 to a family of farmers in eastern Belorussia. In 1929 he joined the Communist Party in Leningrad
and became a Komsomol
activist. In 1938 Shtykov became the Second Secretary of the Leningrad
Regional Committee,[6] where he became the protege of First Secretary Andrei Zhdanov. Zhdanov's support allowed Shtykov to rise rapidly: he even briefly held a leading role in the Great Purge
Great Purge
that September. World War II[edit] During World War II, Shtykov served as a political commissar in several fronts near Leningrad. By the end of the war he was one of only three Colonel general political commissars (the highest rank allowed for political commissars in the Red Army). As political commissar of the Far Eastern Front, Shtykov assisted Marshal Kirill Meretskov in accepting the surrender of Japan
in northern Korea on August 19, 1945. After the war, he was made deputy commander of the Primorskiy Military District.[3][5] Supreme Leader of North Korea[edit] Following the division of Korea, Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
sought to turn northern Korea into a socialist buffer state between the Soviet bloc
Soviet bloc
and the American occupation in the southern half of the peninsula. Shtykov's influence rose in tandem with the rise of his mentor Andrei Zhdanov, who was thought to be Stalin's most likely successor after the war. As member of the Military Council for the Primorskiy District, Shtykov frequently visited Pyongyang
and communicated to Zhdanov and Stalin about developments on the Korean Peninsula. Shtykov "exercised extremely close supervision over political events in North Korea" on Stalin's behalf.[5] Shtykov also headed the Soviet delegation to the Joint Soviet-American Commission on Korea The Americans thought Shtykov was a "hot-tempered authoritarian," and the two governments failed to negotiate a unified government for the Korean peninsula.[3] As the most powerful man in the northern occupation zone of Korea, Shtykov personally selected the composition of the Soviet Civil Administration, and its second leader would comment that “there was not an event [in North Korea] in which Shtykov was not involved.”[7] Shtykov's strong support of Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
was decisive in Kim's rise to power. Shtykov continued to be the preeminent power in the North after Kim was made chairman of the Provisional People's Committee for North Korea.[3] In December 1946, Shtykov and two other Soviet generals designed the election results of the Assembly for the Provisional Committee. Without any Korean input, the generals decided "the exact distribution of seats among the parties, the number of women members, and, more broadly, the precise social composition of the legislature."[8] The original 1948 North Korean constitution
North Korean constitution
was primarily authored by Stalin and Shtykov in Moscow. The constitution only went into effect after the two had a lengthy discussion editing the draft, though some articles were later rewritten by Soviet supervisors. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed after the withdrawal of Soviet forces in 1948, and Shtykov was named the first Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK.[2] Land reform[edit] General Shtykov was the main instigator of North Korea's March 1946 land reform program, though Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
usually gets the credit for it in both North and South Korea.[2] Originally, the Soviet blueprint for land reform had involved compensating the large landowners and selling the land to the farmers. Shtykov suggested that the land be confiscated from landowners and Japanese collaborators and distributed to poor and landless peasants without compensation. The nationwide land reform broke the feudal socioeconomic structure and proved highly popular with many North Korean peasants. Many rich landowners and collaborators fled South, allowing the reform to happen with little bloodshed.[9] Korean War[edit] While Stalin intended to use North Korea
North Korea
as a buffer state to American-friendly South Korea
South Korea
and Japan, Shtykov was sympathetic to North Korean attempts to 'liberate' the South through socialism. Shtykov supported Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
and Bak Heon-yong's 31 May 1949 proposal to create a Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland to advocate for peaceful unification of North and South, noting that Syngman Rhee's likely refusal would damage his legitimacy among the Korean population. Shtykov suspected that Rhee would attack the North by June 1950, and backed the DFUF "to slow down southern aggression, cultivate alliances with anti-Rhee forces in the South, and make the Americans appear opposed to North-South unification." After the victory of the People's Republic of China
in the Chinese Civil War
Chinese Civil War
Kim persistently lobbied the Soviets to support a Northern-led violent unification of the peninsula.[10] Shtykov was sympathetic to Kim's proposal and helped him persuade a reluctant Stalin to accept Kim's cause. Kim and Shtykov assured Stalin that the war would be a short victorious blitzkrieg "at almost no cost", and Shtykov predicted that it would not provoke American involvement. On June 25, 1950, North Korea
North Korea
invaded the South. Seoul fell rapidly, and by late July the DPRK controlled all of Korea save Busan
and the surrounding area. But after American intervention at the Battle of Inchon, the military situation reversed. North Korea
North Korea
was only saved by Chinese intervention, but this was not enough to save Shtykov's diplomatic career. Later career and death[edit] After being fired, Shtykov was demoted to major general on 3 February 1951 and was appointed deputy chairman of Kaluga Oblast. He later served as First Secretary of Novgorod and Primorskiy Oblast, before being named Ambassador to Hungary in 1959. Shtykov's hardline Stalinism clashed with János Kádár's Goulash Communism
Goulash Communism
policies, and he was recalled in 1960. He served as Chairman of the State Control Commission for the Council of Ministers of the Russian Soviet Federal Republic before dying on vacation in 1964.[2][3][5] Historic significance[edit] Shtykov's decisions proved highly consequential for the Korean Peninsula and the world. Although Shtykov was the preeminent leader of North Korea
North Korea
from 1945-1950, he allowed Koreans to take the credit for his policies. Shtykov's support of Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
over other Korean communists such as Bak Heon-yong was a chief factor in the Kim dynasty's rise to power. Additionally, Shtykov masterminded the 1946 land reform in North Korea, which was arguably the most popular policy conducted in either Korea. South Korea
South Korea
reversed the land reform during the brief United Nations
United Nations
occupation of the North, which provoked a backlash among Northern farmers.[11] Most significant was Shtykov's decision to support Kim's effort to violently reunite the peninsula, which ended his career. Had Shtykov been unsympathetic to Kim's expansionist aims, it is highly unlikely that Stalin would have authorized the Korean War. While the war did not end in the liberation of the American-backed South, it did allow Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
to secure effective North Korean independence from the Soviet Union. All of Shtykov's actions are today attributed to Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
by North Korean official media, and even South Korean media assumes that Kim was the driving force behind land reform.[2] References[edit]

^ a b The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition. S.v. "Shtykov, Terentii Fomich." Retrieved April 26, 2015 from http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Shtykov%2c+Terentii+Fomich ^ a b c d e f Lankov, Andrei (2012-01-25). "Terenti Shtykov: the other ruler of nascent N. Korea". The Korea Times. Retrieved April 14, 2015.  ^ a b c d e f Timothy Dowling (2011). "Terentii Shtykov". History and the Headlines. ABC-CLIO. Retrieved April 26, 2015.  ^ "Shtykov, Terentii Fomich". The Generals of WWII. Steen Ammetorp. 2000. Retrieved April 26, 2015.  ^ a b c d Lankov, Andrei. "" North Korea
North Korea
in 1945-48: The Soviet Occupation and the Birth of the State,"". From Stalin to Kim Il Sung--The Formation of North Korea, 1945-1960,. pp. 2–3.  ^ Centre for Preservation and Study of Documents for Contemporary History, fond 644, opis 2, delo 55, list 117. ^ Armstrong, Charles (2013-04-15). The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950. Cornell University Press. Kindle Locations 1363-1367.  ^ Lankov, Andrei (2013-04-10). The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. Oxford University Press. p. 7.  ^ Armstrong 2013, Kindle Locations 2076-2077. ^ Armstrong 2013, Kindle Locations 5968, 5978, 6082-6118.. ^ Armstrong 2013.

Political offices

Preceded by office created Ambassador of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to North Korea 10 October 1948 - November 1950 Succeeded by ?

Preceded by Yevgeni Gromov Ambassador of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to Hungary 29 May 1959 - 5 July 1960 Succeeded by Vladimir Ustinov

Preceded by ? Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Kaluga Provincial Council 1951–1954 Succeeded by ?

Preceded by ? Chairman of the Commission on State Control, Russian SFSR 1961–1963 Succeeded by ?

Preceded by ? Deputy Chairman of the State Committee of Party Control, Bureau of Russian SFSR, Central Committee of the Communist Party 1963–1964 Succeeded by ?

Military offices

Preceded by ? Deputy Commander in Chief for Political Affairs, Primorskiy Military District 1947-1948 Next: ?

Party political offices

Preceded by ? Second Secretary of the Leningrad
Regional Committee 16 June 1938–17 January 1945 Succeeded by ?

Preceded by ? First Secretary of Novgorod Regional Party Committee 1954-January 1956 Succeeded by ?

Preceded by ? First Secretary of Primorskiy Regional Party Committee 22 January 1956-May 1959 Succeeded by ?

Authority control

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