Study Guide

Breaking Stalin's Nose Characters

By Eugene Yelchin

Sasha Zaichik

We're not going to lie to you. As a narrator, Sasha's as naive as they come. At first, he buys...

Sasha's Dad

Sasha's dad is a big hero, and works as a State Security agent at Lubyanka prison (3.1). This...

Vovka Sobakin

Vovka used to be Sasha's best friend and was once a model student and talented artist. Case in...

Borka "Four-Eyes" Finkelstein

Four-Eyes (as most call him) is the only Jewish boy in Sasha's class, wears glasses (hence where...

Zina Krivko

Zina's a girl in Sasha's class, whom Sasha describes as a bit of a Queen Bee. She "always speaks...

Nina Petrovna

Nina Petrovna is the type of teacher you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. She's a...

Sergei Ivanych

Sergei Ivanych is the principal of Moscow Elementary School #37. Check out the illustration of...

Aunt Larisa

Aunt Larisa is Sasha's dad's sister, and she lives with her husband (who isn't named) and her new...

Matveich

Meet the janitor at Moscow Elementary School #37. Matveich spends a lot of time down in the...

The Senior Lieutenant

This guy doesn't get a name, but he doesn't really need one because he's here to serve as the...

Luzhko

He's the substitute Russian lit teacher at Sasha's school. He has a beard, and the little we know...

Stukachov

Stukachov initially comes off as a smarmy kiss-up: "One neighbor, Stukachov, follows us down the...

Marfa Ivanovna

Marfa's one of the few adults in the novel to show Sasha anything approaching kindness (the other...

Woman at Lubyanka Prison

Although she is not named, this woman that Sasha meets while standing in line to see his dad at...

Aunt Larisa's Husband

We don't learn much about Aunt Larisa's husband. Sasha thinks of him in terms of "that jerk"...

Orlov

The only time we see Orlov is when he sings and plays the accordion so loudly that Sasha and his...

Semenov

He's another resident of the community apartment, and his plight illustrates what life is like...