Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003197, Thu, 16 Jul 1998 19:12:47 -0700

Botkin (fwd)
>From Jeff Edmunds <jhe@psulias.psu.edu>:

A visitor to Zembla named Tom Wootton sent me this intriguing tidbit from
the July 16th issue of the Guardian (London). Maybe this particular Botkin
was common knowledge to Nabokovians; I had never heard of him.

'We set about finishing them off'

The testimony of Yakov Yurovsky, senior Cheka officer in charge of the
execution of the abdicated Tsar Nicholas II, his family and servants in
Yekaterinburg on July 17, 1918:

"I went to wake the arrested. Botkin (the imperial family's doctor) slept
in the room nearest the entrance. He came out and asked what the matter
was. I told him we had to wake everyone, since the town was unsafe, it
would be dangerous for them to remain upstairs and I would take them to
another place."