Dimitri Floydorovich Sudayev

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NKVD sources:Dimitri Floydorovich Sudayev, FSB sources:Dimitri Nikolayevich Antonov
Nickname(s) Miko (Aleksy), Sudayev (Antonov), Boris (Sergei)
Born June 11, 1905
NKVD source: Petrograd, Russian Empire, FSB source: Yakutsk, Russian Empire?
Died unknown
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Years of service 1937—1945
Rank Captain
Unit 62nd Army, 7th Guards Army, 1st Belorussian Front

Great Patriotic War

Awards Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
Medal "For the Defence of Stalingrad"
Medal For the Victory Over Germany

Dimitri Floydorovich Sudayev (Russian: Димитри Флойдорович Садэйев) (June 11, 1905–unknown) was a servant of the Romanov Family who escaped during the Russian Revolution of 1917, according to the NKVD. He was one of the servants believed to have known of the existence of Grand Duchess Anastasia, who is thought to have escaped during the execution of the royal family.

Early life[edit]

Due to the conflicting records, the birthplace of Sudayev is uncertain. According to the 'Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del' (NKVD), Dimitri was born in Petrograd (St. Petersburg), but the FSB lists his place of birth as Yakutsk. His real name could possibly be Dimitry Nikolayevich Antonov (Russian: Димитри Николэйевич Антонов). His parents were believed to be Valentina Antonov Floydorivich, a housekeeper, and Nikolai Aleksevich Sudayev, a factory worker.There is not much detail available about his early life.

Servant to the Romanov family[edit]

Dimitri's parents died of a disease when he was eight years old. He was thus compelled to find employment as one of the few young servants in the Romanov household. After the Revolution began, Dimitri escaped the Winter Palace through a window by climbing down. Contrary to his depiction in the 1997 film Anastasia, he did not help Anastasia escape.


Dimitri followed the family from the White Palace to Yekaterinburg. While he was there,he saw the Romanov family desperate and sick. After the execution of the family, Anastasia survived by covering herself with jewelry. Dimitri came to Anastasia to save her but the Guards caught Dimitri holding Anastasia's body and he ran away.[citation needed]

After the Revolution[edit]

Following his escape, he went to Moscow to find a job as a worker in a tractor factory. Four years later, he was transferred to a Tsaritsyn tractor factory by train. According to the FSB, he was transferred to Kharkiv but the reports were not true.[citation needed] Dimitri met and became friends with a fellow worker named Sergei Grigorivich.

During World War II[edit]

When World War II began, the Wehrmacht invaded the Soviet Union. In 1942, the Germans invaded Stalingrad (formerly Tsaritsyn), and the factory where Dimitri worked was hit by an artillery shell. His friend Sergei was killed by falling debris, unbeknownst to Dimitri. He ran to the Volga to escape the rain of artillery shells, but the Red Army had blocked the escape of civilians and Dimitri was not able to escape. He went back to the factory and discovered that Sergei had died.

Wishing to avenge his friend, Dimitri went to a Red Army camp to become a soldier. He did not know how to shoot and was trained by an officer. Equipped with a Mosin-Nagant rifle and a TT-30 pistol, he joined the 62nd Army and begin their mission: "to eliminate Germans in Stalingrad".[this quote needs a citation]

He met a soldier named Aleksy Malinovsky and became friends with him. Dimitri and Aleksy went to a patrol and then 2 minutes later, they were ambushed by 5 German soldiers. Dimitri killed three Germans, Aleksy killed one, and the last escaped the gun fight only to be killed by a sniper. Dimitri and Aleksy continued to fight the Germans in Stalingrad; on February 2, 1943, the battle ended. Dimitri and Aleksy were transferred to the 7th Guards Army.


Many files were burned by the KGB, but a few files have survived. One of them includes the so-called "unknown file" that one of the KGB staff was aware of. The staff member of the KGB had read the unknown file, and inside it was the diary of Dimitri that had been recovered by the NKVD after World War II. The file includes only page 2 to 55 while the other pages were burnt by the fire.

Eyewitness reports[edit]

First Witness: Aleksander Viktorvich (1902–1990), Dimitri's old pal in the 7th Guards Army, saw Dimitri walking to their house and take some things. He was shocked when he came to his house. He reported it to the police in 1989. His death in 1990 was investigated, but finding the truth was almost like "finding a needle in a haystack".

FSB True Records[edit]

There are reports by Dimitri Sudayev of the FSB, one of which is the "unknown file" that the KGB had been for years. 8% of the FSB members changed the file. 92% of the FSB's did not change the file. It is been shown by the public in 1994 by the FSB officials.

See Also[edit]

The Battle of Kursk