Edvard Radzinsky
Edvard Stanislavovich Radzinsky (1936-) is a Russia
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n playwright, writer, TV personality, and film screenwriter
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. He is also known as an author of several books on history which were characterized as "folk history" (Russian term for pseudohistory
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) by journalists and academic historians.


Edvard Stanislavovich Radzinsky was born on September 23, 1936 in Moscow, the son of playwright Stanislav Radzinsky and his wife Sofia. He studied in the Moscow Archive Institute and is a trained historian. Edvard married actress Alla Geraskina, herself the daughter of the popular Soviet playwright and writer Lia Geraskina, in 1955. Their son, Oleg was born in 1958. Oleg was arrested by the KGB in 1982 and sentenced to six years of imprisonment for the Anti-Soviet Propaganda. He was released and left the Soviet Union in 1987 as a result of the perestroika lunched by Michael Gorbachev, and is currently a US citizen. Oleg received his Master's degree in International Finance from Columbia University (New York) in 1991 and worked as investment banker for many years. He served as Chairman of Rambler Media Group, one of the largest Russian Internet companies from 2002 to 2006. Oleg currently resides in France with his family.

Edvard Radzinsky divorced Alla in 1964. He later married Tatiana Doronina, one of the leading Soviet actresses of the 60s-70s. They divorced later. He is currenly married to the actress Elena Denisova.

His publications

Since the 1990s, Radzinsky has written books for the series Mysteries of History. He is the author of the book Stalin: The First In-Depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents From Russia's Secret Archives, which describes the early struggle for power in the Kremlin after Lenin's death. For example, he conjectures that there was a fuller text of Lenin's Testament
Lenin's Testament
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, which is reflected in the posthumously published recollections of an émigré in New York. He describes the poisoning of Stalin by associates of Lavrentiy Beria
Lavrentiy Beria
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, based on the interviews of former body guards of Stalin and other evidence. He also brings to light documents supporting the hypothesis of Viktor Suvorov
Viktor Suvorov
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 that Stalin planned to use Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
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 as a proxy (the "Icebreaker"), against the West and then "liberate" Europe
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 from Nazi occupation.

Historian David Brandenberger is heavily critical of Radzinsky, stating that his book "Stalin: The First In-Depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives", "is essentially a compilation of fact, opinion and gossip already in circulation for decades", and promotes, as an alternative, the books of O. V. Khlevnyuk, Lars Lih, Stephen Kotkin, and Robert W. Thurston.


  • Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives, Anchor, (1997) ISBN 0-385-47954-9
  • The Last Tsar : The Life and Death of Nicholas II, 1993, Anchor, ISBN 0-385-46962-4, (2005) ISBN 0-7432-7332-X
  • Alexander II
    Alexander II of Russia
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    : The Last Great Tsar
    (2005) ISBN 0-7432-7332-X
  • Tsar : The Lost World of Nicholas
    Nicholas II of Russia
    Nicholas II was the last Emperor of Russia, Grand Prince of Finland, and titular King of Poland. His official short title was Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias and he is known as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church.Nicholas II ruled from 1894 until...

     and Alexandra
    ISBN 0-316-55788-9
  • The Rasputin File (2001, Anchor, USA) ISBN 0-385-48910-2
  • Rasputin: The Last Word (2001, Allen & Unwin , Australia) ISBN 1-86508-529-4


  • «Ипатьевская ночь» © AST
    AST (publisher)
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    , 2007 г.
  • «На Руси от ума одно горе» © AST
    AST (publisher)
    AST is one of the largest book publishing companies in Russia. AST and its rival Eksmo together publish approximately 30% of all Russian books. The company is headed by Oleg Bartenev...

    , 2006 г.
  • «Начало театрального романа»: Сборник пьес © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 2004 г.
  • Собрание сочинений (в восьми томах) © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 1998—2003 г.
  • «Загадки жизни и смерти». Подарочное издание © Издательство «ВАГРИУС»,2003 г.
  • «Княжна Тараканова» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 2003 г.
  • «Загадки истории». Подарочное издание © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 2002 г.
  • Napoleon: life after death «Наполеон: жизнь после смерти» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 2002 г.
  • «Игры писателей» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 2001 г.
  • «Загадки любви» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 1999, 2000 гг.
  • «Загадки истории» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 1999, 2000 гг.
  • «Кровь и призраки русской смуты» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 1998, 2000 гг.
  • «Гибель галантного века» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 1999 г.
  • «…и сделалась кровь» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 1998 г.
  • «Властители дум» © Издательство «ВАГРИУС», 1999 г.
  • «Театр» © Издательство «Искусство», 1986 г.
  • Conversations with Socrates
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    «Беседы с Сократом» © Издательство «Советский писатель», 1982 г.

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