-Alexander Bezriadin passed away-

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Alexander Bezriadin

Alexander Bezriadin, a journalist and founder of the sports support fund, died in Novosibirsk at his 71st year. Alexander Bezriadin worked for several local newspapers, was an editor and raised a new generation of professionals. This eulogy is by editorial body of Sibkray.ru who convey their condolences to family and friends of Alexander Bezriadin.

An unusually warm December took away the life of a journalist Alexander Bezriadin. He passed away just several days after his 70th birthday, which occurred on December the 5th.

Alexander Bezriadin

Alexander was born in Novosibirsk in 1949. His family moved to the big city from Ust-Tarka in mid 30s. Alexander’s grandfather Vasiliy was an editor of “Bolshevistskaya Smena” newspaper and wrote a book “Buttermakers” about Baraba laborers. His father Nikolai was chief editor of “Sovietskaya Sibir” newspaper. Alexander, the eldest of three brothers, followed their footsteps.

Alexander Bezriadin

At first he studied history and pedagogy at Novosibirsk Teachers University. He has taught history at schools of Kolyvanski and Kochnevski regions – it became his first experience of teaching and working with people, which Alexander has done a lot during his life. He returned to Novosibirsk in 1974 and was elected as the second secretary of The Central Committee of the Komsomol (the executive leadership of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League, commonly known as the Komsomol). This time of his life will be very memorable for him: from 1974 to 1979 he worked in Children and Youth departments, in 1979 he was hired by Novosibirsk Television and Radio Committee of VGTRK (All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company), worked as a reporter at a radio station. His radio experience and live face-to-face communication were always his pillar of strength.

In 1981, he graduated from the local communist party higher school and was enrolled in the same committee of the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company as an editor. And not everything was so smooth and easy; Alexander Bezriadin was craving his own, new path – as he always has throughout his life. Back then, at the beginning of 1984, he decided to test himself for strength and got a job as a train operator’s assistant.

Alexander Bezriadin

At the same year Bezriadin was on journalism path again – working as a freelance reporter for “Molodost’ Sibiri” newspaper. His energy was unstoppable – if he took something up, he always saw it through. He was always writing and reacting to the current events with a written word, always responding to everything new and was curious in a good way. Without it, a journalist can’t exist.

From 1986 to 1989 he worked for “Vecherniy Novosibirsk” newspaper – first as administration worker, then as a reporter for the Industry department. He was always trying to be one step ahead. It hasn’t changed during the 90’s, when the entire country changed overnight and it was each man to himself – but not him.

During those years, Alexander Bezriadin met with the then two-time Olympic champion, the best wrestler on the planet, Alexander Karelin, but not to ask him for help, quite the opposite – to offer his own. Founding a newspaper, taking part in sports development, starting a fund. Alexander Bezriadin organizational skills came handy, as did his newspaper experience and leadership skills he learned from his father, a communist party member and soviet worker, a journalist and an editor for regional newspaper for construction and transportation.

Alexander Bezriadin

“I met Karelin by sheer chance, but was the kind of chance that becomes a choice. We discussed starting a fund, and what seemed at first as a very local, regional matter has grown into this giant movement, beyond our country...” – As Alexander Bezriadin himself, an initiator and first director of the Karelin Fund, later recalled (quotation from an article dedicated to fund’s 15th anniversary).

Alexander Bezriadin

Time went by life became more stable, but even during those quiet 2000’s his organizational skills haven’t subsided. Alexander Bezriadin has founded a communal regional fund for Siberian press, and later came up with, founded and edited “Provincial’niy Obozrevatel’ “ newspaper and “Delovoe Sobraniye” magazine.

Due to personal and professional qualities, Alexander Bezriadin was familiar and friendly with many famous people. For a while he was exchanging letters with Colin Powell, former United States Secretary of State, and even intended to write a book about him and his communication with Powell from different political points of view. Drafts of this book are kept by Alexander Bezriadin’s family.

Alexander Bezriadin

In his last years, Alexander continued to tirelessly and actively explore the world and people around him, always staying up to date with current events. Alexander Bezriadin maintained a clear, philosophical and ironic view on life until the end of his days. This is how he will be remembered by his family, children and grandchildren.

Alexander Bezriadin
Alexander Bezriadin