Mikhail Agursky (1933-1991) was born in Moscow. He received an education in engineering and defended a dissertation on cybernetics. Participated actively in the dissident movement. In 1975 emigrated to Israel. Became a Fellow of the Soviet and East European Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1979 received his Ph.D. from the Sorbonne. His doctoral dissertation, "The Ideology of National Bolshevism," was published in Paris in 1980. Became a professor of the Hebrew University in 1980. Author of numerous publications in several languages, including The Soviet Golem (1983) and The Third Rome (1987).