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Ivan Kuzmich "John" Okuntsoff
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Birth: Sep., 1874
Irkutsk Oblast, Russian Federation
Death: Apr. 19, 1939
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

The Name is spelled differently in different publications:
Ivan or John, Okuntsoff or Okuntsov. (It really is the same names, just translated different ways)

Ivan (John) was born in a small village of Tontay, located on the shore of Lake Baikal. He graduated from Annunciation Seminary and Kazan Theological Academy. His first job after studies was an inspector of public schools in the Trans-Baikal region (in the Ministry of National Education). In 1903 he started to publish a newspaper "Verkhneudinsky leaf", preaching anti-militarism and fulfillment of the commandment "Thou shalt not kill."

A member of the Socialist-Revolutionaries (SRs), in 1905 he was arrested and sentenced to death. At the request of the Society of Russian writers was pardoned and given a life sentence at a hard labor camp "Akatuevskoy". Around 1906, he escaped from prison and went through Vladivostok to Japan, and from there he left for the United States, and settled in New York.

With the help of the Russian Orthodox colonists in 1907, founded the newspaper "Russian voice" later renamed "New Russian Word" (Новое Русское Слово) and up to 1917 was its editor.

In 1918 he went to Soviet Russia (USSR), where he was arrested. He managed to escaped and in 1922, returned back to New York.

He was the author of two books:
"Thou shalt not kill" and
"Russian emigration to North and South America,"

Russian Name; Иван Кузьмич, Окунцов 
 
Burial:
East Ridgelawn Cemetery
Clifton
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
 
Created by: R.C.
Record added: Oct 23, 2012
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Ivan Kuzmich John Okuntsoff
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Ivan Kuzmich John Okuntsoff
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 Added: Oct. 23, 2012
 
 
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