Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0020942, Wed, 3 Nov 2010 01:01:09 +0300

In his famous Акафист Гришке Распутину ("The Acathistus to Rasputin," 1916), Amfiteatrov (cf. "Amphitheatricus, a not unkindly writer of fugitive poetry in the liberal gazettes"*) mentions, among other high officials of the pre-Revolutionary Russia, Andronnikov:

Радуйся Штюрмера обретение, радуйся Протопопова возвеличение, радуйся Саблера удаление, радуйся Андронникова окрыление, радуйся Самарина низвержение, радуйся Джунковского отстранение, радуйся, Григорие, распутниче великий.

In 1914-16 Prince M. M. Andronnikov (1875-1919), the editor of the Golos russkogo ("The Voice of a Russian") newspaper, was attached to the office of the Chief Procurator of the Synod. He belonged to the Rasputin clique. He had the same sexual predilections as Kinbote. After the murder of Rasputin he was arrested and exiled to Ryazan. After the Ocober cup he managed to become head of the Kronstadt Cheka (secret police). In 1919 he was caught red-handed when given a bribe and executed as "a German spy". He appears in many memoirs (see for instance Beletsky's "Grigory Rasputin", 1923).

Another Andronnikov, Irakly (1908-90), was a famous Lermontov scholar and talk show artist. He started to perform on television (show Андроников Рассказывает, Andronikov Tells) in 1954. He was a TV star and VN might have seen him (as he saw Yashin, the Dynamo goalkeeper whose mannerisms Andronnikov's friend Niagarin could imitate to perfection**). Interestingly, in 1917 the Provisional Government (to which VN's father was made secretary) appointed Irakly's father Laursab Senate Criminal Department Secretary.

*see Kinbote's note to line 71
**see K.'s note to line 681

Alexey Sklyarenko

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