Baran, Mykhailo [Баран, Михайло; Myxajlo], b 1 November 1884 in Skala-Podilska, Ternopil county, Galicia, d 4 November 1937 in Sandarmokh, Karelia region, RSFSR. Ukrainian civic and educational leader. In 1920 he was vice-chairman of the Galician Revolutionary Committee, commanded the first brigade of the Red Ukrainian Galician Army, and was a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Western Ukraine. Later he was a research associate of the All-Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and rector of the Kyiv Institute of the National Economy. He was arrested in 1933 during the Stalin purges, sent to the GULAG labor camp in the Solovets Islands, and executed during the mass executions of political and other prisoners marking the twentieth anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917.
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]