Georgy Bulatsel

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Georgy Bulatsel
Georgy Bulatsel and his family by the Kokemäki Church
Kharkiv, Russian Empire
Died28 April 1918(1918-04-28) (aged 42–43)
Tampere, Finland
Allegiance Russian Empire
Red Finland
Service/branchImperial Russian Army
Red Guards
RankLieutenant Colonel (Russia)
Battles/warsRusso-Japanese War
First World War
Finnish Civil War

Georgy Viktorovich Bulatsel (1875 – 28 April 1918), was a lieutenant colonel in the Imperial Russian Army. After the Russian Revolution, he was a military advisor for the Red Guards in the 1918 Finnish Civil War. Bulatsel was one of the highest-ranked Russian officers who joined the Finnish Reds.

Russo-Japanese War and the World War I[edit]

Georgy Bulatsel was born to noble family in Kharkiv. In 1904–1905 he fought in the Russo-Japanese War and was later transferred to Finland, which then was a part of the Russian Empire. During World War I, Bulatsel fought against the Germans in the Eastern Front but caught typhoid and returned to Finland. Before the 1917 Revolution, Bulatsel was the Commander of the 421th Regiment, based in Rauma, Western Finland.[1]

Finnish Civil War[edit]

As the Finnish Civil War started in January 1918, Bulatsel was the Commander of the 1st Brigade of the 106th division in Tampere. In the late February, Hugo Salmela replaced Mikhail Svechnikov as the Commander-in-Chief of the Red Guards. Salmela did not have any kind of military training, so Bulatsel became his advisor. After the Battle of Tampere, Bulatsel was arrested by the Whites and executed on 28 April. He was buried at the Kalevankangas Cemetery. Bulatsel's two sons, 13-year-old Woldemar and 15-year-old Nikolai, were shot just couple of days later in the Vyborg massacre.[1]


  1. ^ a b Haapala, Pertti & Hoppu, Tuomas: ″Sisällissodan pikkujättiläinen″, p. 174. WSOY, 2009. ISBN 978-951-0-35452-0.