Friday book # 17: Russian military emigration

I bought today’s book while researching my doctoral thesis about Russian military emigres in the 1920s and 1930s. It is the first in a series of volumes containing documents from the Russian archives about White Russian military organizations’ activities in that period. The officer circled on the cover is General A.P. Kutepov, the commander of the 1st Army Corps of the Russian Army of General Wrangel. Kutepov is perhaps best known for being kidnapped by the Soviet secret services in Paris in 1930. His exact fate thereafter remains unknown.


5 thoughts on “Friday book # 17: Russian military emigration”

    1. Supposedly, the character Khludov in Bulgakov’s Flight is based on General Slashcho-Krymskii, a senior officer in Wrangel’s army who returned to live in the Soviet Union after clashing with Wrangel following the evacuation of Crimea. Bulgakov, I believe, thought that he was writing a pro-Soviet play by showing the futility of emigration and the emigres’ need to return home. But he couldn’t help reveal his sympathy for the Whites as suffering humans. In this and other projects, the poor guy tried so hard to please his Soviet masters, but was never able to do so, as his true sentiments kept seeping through nonetheless.


  1. For me Russian military immigration was always associated with enemies in “Moment of truth/In August of 44th”.

    Though admittedly there were people like Denikin.


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