MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of People



Zubatov, Sergei Vaisilivich (1864-1917):

Revolutionist turned police agent, became head of Czarist secret police (Okhrana). Introduced modern police methods such as fingerprinting and photographer. Originator of police socialism organising workers under police auspices in order to keep movement under control. This tactic backfired when police organised unions became leaders of the general strike movment in 1905. Committed suicide following February 1917 Revolution.


Zuberi, Umar Abid

Joined Bolshevik Leninist Party of India in Calcutta after WWII. Secretary, All-Bengal Muslim Students Union, 1946. Went to Pakistan after Partition. Started a Trotskyist journal, Spark, in Karachi, for the Democratic Youth League, which had been founded in Dhaka in August, 1947, to resist the imposition of Urdu as the sole state language.

Compiled by Charles Wesley Ervin