Why is Ivan Denisovich called Shukov throughout the book?

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His full name is Ivan Denisovich Shukov. 

Shukov is his last name.  The name Ivan, in Russia, is as common as the name John in English.  Therefore, he is called by his last name, Shukov. 

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