Who are you, Haji-Murat Muguev?
Authors: Nugzar Ter-Oganov
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Haji-Murat Magometovich Muguev was a well-known soviet writer, the author of more than hundred literary works in Russian. He is the author of numerous verses, short stories, articles, narratives and novels. The episodes of his military past, full of adventures, as well as of those historical events in which he personally participated, served as topics for his many literary works. Generally, they are presenting a vivid account of the events that were taking place on the fronts of WWI, the Civil War in Russia, and WWII.
The intention of this paper is not to analyze the value or the artistic features of his works. Our objective is modest: to reveal to a broad circle of the researchers some unknown facts from Haji-Murat Muguev's life, related to the early period of his mysterious military career. It would help researchers to fill the gap in his biography and disclose some unknown details of the activities of General Baratov's corps in Iran during WWI. To this end, we examined sources of information which absolutely unexpectedly brought to light important aspects of the biography of this undoubtedly outstanding personality.
Muguev had two sons, Nicolas and Boris, both of whom graduated from the Commercial and Military colleges in Tiflis, and served as officers in the same Terskii Cossack troops during WWI. The younger son Boris Muguev had been serving at the Gorsko-Mozdokskii regiment. He took part in the military operations on the "Persian front", which was a constituent part of the Caucasian front.
In conclusion, with a high portion of confidence we can argue that Haji-Murat was not only a literary pseudonym but also an assumed name of the Russian Intelligence officer Boris Afanas'ievich Muguev whose life was tightly bound with the dramatic events that took place on the Caucasian front during WWI.