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The Romanov Family’s Final Moments

by Helen Rappaport For the Romanov family at the Ipatiev House, Tuesday, 16 July, in Ekaterinburg was much like any other day, punctuated by the same frugal meals, brief periods of recreation in the garden, reading, and games of cards.

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Helen Rappaport: Caught up in the History of the Russian Revolution

Helen Rappaport

by Helen Rappaport It began many years ago – around twenty, if I recall correctly, when I visited a dusty and cluttered second-hand book shop in Burford in the Cotswolds. ‘Have you got any old books about Russia?’, I asked,

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Felix Yusupov and the Murder of Rasputin

Felix Yusupov

by Douglas Smith The Yusupov household was staunchly anti-Rasputin. Felix Yusupov’s father could not bear even to hear the name spoken in his presence, and his mother let the empress know of her hatred for the man, which poisoned their

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Captain Francis Cromie and the Spies of the Red Revolution

Captain Cromie; The New Spymasters

By Stephen Grey Chapter 1: Captain Francis Cromie and the Cult of Intelligence (1909-89) Captain Francis Cromie – thirty- six years old, tall and strongly built, a commander in the Royal Navy and bearer of the Distinguished Service Order –

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