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Yevgeny Berens
Born (1876-11-11)November 11, 1876
Died March 7, 1928(1928-03-07) (aged 51)
Place of birth Tbilisi
Place of death Moscow
Allegiance  Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Service/branch  Imperial Russian Navy
 Soviet Navy
Years of service 1895-1928
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Soviet Navy
Battles/wars Russo Japanese War, World War I, Russian Civil War

Yevgeny Andreyevich Berens (Russian: Евгений Андреевич Беренс, occasionally tansliterated as Behrens) (November 11 [O.S. October 30] 1876, Tiflis – April 7, 1928, Moscow) was a Russian military leader, Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Naval Forces from April 1919 to February 1920.

Berens graduated from the Naval Cadet Corps in 1895. He was navigating officer of the Russian cruiser Varyag and fought in the Battle of Chemulpo Bay when his ship was sunk. After being repatriated he served in the Baltic Fleet as executive officer of the Russian battleship Tsesarevich. From 1910 to 1917 he served as naval attache to the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy (1915–1917). After the February Revolution, Berens returned to Russia and served on the Naval General Staff.

After the October Revolution he joined the Red side and was head of the Naval Staff from 1917 to 1919. In 1919, he was appointed commander of the Soviet Navy on the death of Vasili Altfater.

In 1920, he was transferred to the diplomatic service and has head of the Soviet delegation at major conferences. He was military attache to Great Britain and France from 1924. He died in Moscow in 1928 and was buried in Novodevichy Cemetery.

Berens' brother, Mikhail Berens, was also a naval officer but joined the white side in the Russian Civil War and commanded Wrangel's fleet


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