KRYMOV, YURI (Yuri Solomonovich Beklemishev ; 1908–1941), Russian author. The son of a publisher, Krymov was an industrial engineer. His novel The Tanker "Derbent" (1938; Eng., 1944), which was set in the Caspian region, was one of the very few successful Soviet works describing labor heroism. Critics praised its ideological message, while ordinary readers welcomed its believable characters and their human foibles. Krymov, who also wrote Inzhener ("The Engineer," 1941), was killed in action early in World War ii.