Unique book about the General of the Imperial Army Ivan Belyaev to be presented in the Presidential Library

22 April 2019

On April 22, 2019, a multimedia presentation of the book “One in the Field but Without Shield. White General - the leader of the Redskins. Ivan Belyaev” will be held at the Presidential Library’s video lecture “Knowledge of Russia”. The publication is dedicated to the Russian general, the participant of the First World War and the national hero of the Latin American Republic of Paraguay Ivan Timofeevich Belyaev.

The event will be open at 15:15 with a press-scrum, where author Nadezhda Emelyanova will tell about the book. Executive editor of the book Mussa Ekzekov and the descendant of General Dmitry Belyaev will answer the journalists' questions. The presentation will be attended by representatives of the Administration of St. Petersburg, embassies of Latin American countries, the academic community of Paraguay, and non-governmental organizations of the city on the Neva.

Fate decreed that after the Civil War, General Belyaev was forced to emigrate to Paraguay, where he distinguished himself in the Chak War (1932–1935), the bloodiest Latin American battle of the 20th century. Russian man became a friend of Indian tribes, indigenous peoples of Paraguay.

The book was based on rare archival documents, interviews with the descendants of I. T. Belyaev, and field research materials collected by the author Nadezhda Yemelyanova - a member of the Russian Geographical Society, an ethnographer, an Orientalist, a candidate of historical sciences, and a senior researcher at the Institute of History of RAS. She made several trips to Paraguay and followed the routes of Ivan Belyaev, which made it possible to create biographically accurate research work.

Since 2010, Nadezhda Emelyanova has been working with Moussa Ekzekov to create projects related to the preservation and development of traditional cultures of indigenous minorities. Moussa Ekzekov - Chairman of the High Council of the World Organization of the World Abkhaz-Abaza Congress, President of the ANO “International Association for the Development of the Abaza-Abkhaz Ethnos “Alashara”, a well-known Soviet and Russian scientist, philanthropist, public person.

The research work of Nadezhda Yemelyanova is intended to perpetuate the memory of the hero, courageous and valiant General Belyaev and other emigrants who were forced to leave their historical homeland, and also to note his great contribution to the development of diplomatic relations between the two countries - Russia and Paraguay.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Paraguay to Russia Ramon Díaz Pereira will be among the honored guests of the event.

The video lectures will be broadcasted live on the Presidential Library's portal in “Live broadcasts” section and in the VKontakte social network.

Registration of participants: to participate please register on the website www.belyaeff.ru no later than April 18.


Accreditation of media representatives is until 15:00 April 19, 2019.

Please forward applications for accreditation following the attached form with the note “Media accreditation” to email addresses: media@prlib.rubazanov@prlib.ru, Denis Bazanov, tel. (812) 305-16-21, ext. 781; mob. +7 981 170-67-90.

The letter should include the name, date and place of birth, passport data (series, number, place of registration), a list of carry-on equipment, contact numbers, the name of the media.

Please note that the admittance to the Presidential Library is carried out only by prior request and upon showing a passport: participants and guests of the event go through entrance № 1, media representatives go through entrance № 2.