Did you know that Boney M's Bobby Farrell (of the "Ra-ra-rasputin" fame) died on the anniversary of Rasputin's murder and in the vicinity of the murder site, after performing the song in Saint Petersburg? Coincidence or Rasputin's mystical influence from beyond the grave?
And who were these men who assembled on that fateful night in the Yusupov Palace in Saint Petersburg and what motivated them to commit that heinous crime? What did the rich debonair Feliks Yusupov have in common with the goggle-eyed, middle-class Englishman Oswald Rayner? What brought the Tsar’s cousin Dmitry Pavlovich and the Duma deputy Vladimir Purishkevich to join the conspirators? Who provided the cyanide to be used in the murder and who shot the fatal shot? And how did these men’s lives unfold after the murder of Rasputin? Our story will take us not only to the magnificent Yusupov Palace in Saint Petersburg but also to the Yusupovs’ estates outside of Moscow and in Crimea, as well as to Oxford, Malta, and Paris.
Led by Saint-Petersburg-born expert Asya Pereltsvaig, Ph.D., this Conversation will explore the early 20th-century history through the lens of Rasputin’s murder. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of this chapter in European history, as well as a desire to explore the various locations first-hand.
About Your Expert
Asya Pereltsvaig received a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University and has taught at Yale, Cornell and Stanford, as well as in several U.S. and European universities. Her expertise is in language and history, and the relationship between them. Her most recent books, Languages of the World: An Introduction, 3rd edition (2020) and The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics (2015) were published by Cambridge University Press.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
Well done. Informative and credible.