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Soviet Envoy to Paris Dead of Heart Attack

July 16, 1934
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Valerian Dovgalevsky, the Soviet Union’s Ambassador here, is dead of a heart attack at the age of 49. He was a Jew.

In poor health following an attack of appendicitis last year, Dovgalevsky, one of Communist Russia’s most trusted men, died Saturday. During the last six months he had been able to do only a small part of his work.

Born in the Ukraine, Dovgalevsky in 1907, at the age of 22, was exiled to Siberia for fighting against Czarism. He escaped abroad and became intimate with Lenin and continuously thereafter opposed the capitalistic system regardless of personal risks.

He participated in the 1917 revolution and rose to the positions of Commissar for Posts and Telegraphs and Ambassador to Japan, which post he held until he was transferred to Paris in 1927.

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