Aleksi Stakhanov, record-setting miner

Aleksi Stakhanov, record-setting miner

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Caption: Aleksei Grigoryevich Stakhanov (1906-1977), Russian coal miner. In this official portrait he is seen with his jack hammer and miner's lamp. Stakhanov gained fame in 1935 when it was reported that he had mined 102 tonnes of coal in 5 hours 45 minutes - some 14 times his quota. In the next month it was claimed he had mined 227 tonnes of coal in a single shift. He was held up as a Hero of Socialist Labour and appeared in magazines and newspapers all over the world. The government created the Stakhanovite Movement, of which workers exceeding their production targets could become members. In later life he became a mine director and a deputy to the first Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Photographed in September 1935.

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