Douglas Smith is an internationally recognized expert in Russian history and critically acclaimed author of several books, including the award-winning bestseller Former People (also published by Pan Macmillan). Before becoming a historian, Douglas Smith worked with the US State Department in the Soviet Union and as a Russian affairs analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
On the 100th anniversary of Rasputin's murder, Douglas Smith, author of Rasputin, explains why the final hours of the holy man's life remain a subject of intense curiosity and speculation a century later.
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A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. We spoke to award-winning historian Douglas Smith about uncovering the man behind the myth.
Two of the best known figures in Russian history flirted with disaster. Rasputin, the holy man who mesmerised the doomed Romanovs, was assassinated. Historian Douglas Smith separates fact from...
'Russian Roulette': Two of the best known figures in Russian history flirted with disaster. Rasputin, the holy man who mesmerised the doomed Romanovs, was assassinated. Historian Douglas Smith...
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