Item #1965 [FIRST UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN JAIL] The handwritten letter by Vsevolod Golubovich (1885-1939)
[FIRST UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN JAIL] The handwritten letter by Vsevolod Golubovich (1885-1939)

[FIRST UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN JAIL] The handwritten letter by Vsevolod Golubovich (1885-1939)

Item #1965

The handwritten letter by Vsevolod Golubovich (1885-1939), the first Ukrainian foreign minister in Skoropadsky government (in 1918). He acted like a foreign minister of People’s Republic of Ukraine and represented the republic in Brest during the peace talks with Germans. Written in Kharkiv in prison where Golubovich was placed by Bolsheviks in 1921 upon their capturing of Ukraine.

2 pages. In Ukrainian. 3rd of May. 1921. Folded, otherwise good.

In the letter Golubovich disagrees with his arrest, claiming that the trust of the people has been lost by Bolsheviks. Being a socialist, Golubovich criticized them from the left. He proclaims the hunger strike.
Goubovich’s letter probably had some impact because he was released from the jail after 6 months in 1921 although originally was sentenced to 5 years. It was not the first time in his life: he was already arrested in the summer of 1921 but released after 6 months.

During Soviet years Golubovich became a civil servant using his original engineer background. In 1931 he was arrested on counterrevolutionary charges alongside with the others (the case of ‘Ukrainian National Centre). He died in prison in Yaroslavl in 1939. Provenance: comes from the archive of Anatoly Balabolchenko (1932-2016), who has published a book about Golubovich. Bought from the estate.

Price: $2,500.00

See all items in Ukraine