Lennor I. Olshtinsky was born in 1926. A veteran of the Great Patriotic War (World War II), from 1944 he served in the Red Banner Baltic Navy. Lennor is a veteran of the USSR Armed Forces, Captain 1-st Rank (Retired), he has 36 years of military service behind his back; Doctor of Science (History), Professor, has a 35-years experience in teaching; published over 20 scientific works (total size exceeds 120 author's sheets). Today he works as a Professor of the Department of History and Culture Study at the Moscow State University of Food Production (MSUFP).
He was born to a family of a Red Army officer and his mother was a schoolteacher. His parents were Ukrainians. They got higher education in Leningrad. They were representatives of the Soviet intelligentsia in the first generation. Lennor spent his childhood in Leningrad, then in Baku, Khabarovsk and Arkhangelsk where his father served in the Army. There, in Arkhangelsk, he started his military service. After World War II he graduated from the Higher Naval School named after M.V. Frunze based in Leningrad. From 1948 he served on warships of the Baltic and Pacific ocean Navies as navigator, assistant and senior assistant to the captain, waterborne ship (destroyer, cruiser) captain, deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff of a waterborne ships division. He participated in long-distance and overseas ship cruises at combat duty. Lennor was awarded an Order and many medals of the USSR and a Syrian Order (1957).
Lennor Olshtinsky graduated from the Naval Academy by correspondence in 1962. In 1968 he completed a full-time course of studies at the General Staff Military Academy and then its military-historical department. After graduation from the General Staff Military Academy, he was assigned senior lecturer of the Wars History and Art of War Department at the same Academy. Since that time he started teaching and research. During his service at the General Staff Military Academy (from 1968 till 1980) he published a number of scientific papers, defended a dissertation for a Candidate of Science degree and then for a Doctor of Science degree. His doctoral dissertation provided the basis for a published course of lectures “Operational and Strategic Use of Naval Forces During World War II” and for his monograph “Naval-Army Cooperation (from the Experience of the Main Joint Offensive Operations of World War II)” that was published by “Voenizdat” Printing House in Moscow in 1983 and received recognition from the Soviet military-historical scientists and also became famous abroad.
In 1980 on reaching the age limit of military service, Lennor Olshtinsky was transferred into inactive duty. Then he began to work at the Moscow State University of Food Production where he was elected Head of the History Department. His scientific and pedagogical activity in the field of national and world history began at that time. In 1988-1989 he combined his main job with work as a lecturer of the History Department at the Institute of Professional Advancement of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. At this Institute he delivered public lectures on National History. The lectures were organized by the “Znanie (Knowledge)” Society in many regions and cities of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.
In 1991 – 1995 the course of lectures “History of the Russian Society of the 9th - 20th Centuries. Main Stages and Characteristics of Development in the Context of the World Historical Process” was created under the editorship of Prof. Olshtinsky. It was published at the Moscow State University of Food Production in 1996-1997.
“A Course of National History of the 9th - 20th Centuries. Main Stages and Characteristics of the Russian Society Development in the Context of the World Historical Process” (2nd edition, Moscow, 2005 / under the editorship of L. Olshtinsky) was published as a manual in 2002 and as a textbook in 2005.
For the 60th Anniversary of the Victory in World War II Lennor Olshtinsky wrote and published two books: “Danger of Fascist World Supremacy. History and Modernity (Judgement from the 21st Century)” (Moscow, “KDU” Printing House, 2003, 128 p.) and “Crushing Defeat of Fascism. The USSR and its English-American Allies in World War II. Facts, Conclusions, History Lessons”. (Moscow, “ITRK” Printing House, 2005, 344 p. with illustrations).
Some of the materials mentioned are presented on the web-site in Russian. A brief version of the book “Danger of Fascist World Supremacy. History and Modernity (Judgement from the 21st Century)” opens the series of publications in English.