Aleksander Kan was born in Moscow. During World War II he served as an interpreter in the Soviet Army 1944 – 1945. In the Soviet Union he wrote several books about the history of Scandinavia from a Marxist standpoint. He emigrated with his family to Sweden in 1987 with help from the Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson, and became a Swedish citizen in 1992.
- Uppsala University Directory: Aleksandr Kan, accessed 2010-05-22
- Kan, Aleksander - Hemmabolsjevikerna. Den svenska socialdemokratin, ryska bolsjeviker och mensjeviker under världskriget och revolutionsåren 1914-1920, Svenska Dagbladet 2005-08-30 (in Swedish)
- "Gruppe 1: Historie" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
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