Kremlin WivesBook - 1994
For over seventy years the Kremlin was the bastion of the all-powerful Soviet rulers, from Lenin to Gorbachev. A great deal is known about the men who held the fates of millions in their iron grip, yet little is known about the women who shared their lives. Shrouded in secrecy, the wives and mistresses of the Soviet power elite lived out their lives in widely different ways: they took part in the Revolution and its aftermath, bore children, suffered abuse; they were arrested and sent to Siberia, driven to suicide, and even murdered. Here for the first time the stark and often shocking truth about these women is revealed, thanks to the courageous efforts and dogged persistence of Larissa Vasilieva. In 1991 the KGB granted the author access to its secret files, which, together with Vasilieva's own extensive research and interviews, provided the material for this book. A best-seller when it was published in Russia, Kremlin Wives offers fresh new insights into the secret Soviet universe, from the revolutionary years to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, taking a totally new viewpoint: that of the notable women who thrived and suffered in the fortress of power. Lenin's wife - dedicated, loyal Nadezhda Krupskaya - worked passionately for the revolution alongside her husband, from the time of Lenin's exile until her death. Lenin's mistress, the beautiful French revolutionary Inessa Armand was also - to complicate matters - a close friend of Krupskaya. Stalin married Nadezhda Alliluyeva when she was only sixteen. Earlier, the author reveals, he had had a relationship with Nadezhda's mother, and there is strong evidence that Nadezhda may have been not only his wife but his daughter. When shewas found dead in a pool of blood one morning after Stalin had publicly humiliated her, the official version was suicide, but many believe she was murdered. The young Molotov couple lived in the same Kremlin building as the
Publisher: New York : Arcade, c1994.
Characteristics: xviii, 251 p. :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm.