NABOKV-L post 0003201, Fri, 17 Jul 1998 10:55:07 -0700

Re: Botkin (fwd)
EDITOR's NOTE. I suspect the hospitalis named after his famous physician
father, P.S. Botkin who even has a disease named after him
-Botkinskaia bolezn'.

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Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 14:18:30 +0400
From: Oleg Liakhovich <>

But of course....

Dr. Botkin was the Imperor's family doctor and the son of one of the most
famous surgeons of Russia. One of the oldest and best hospitals in Moscow
was founded by him and is named after him.

Doctor Botkin Jr. was murdered with tzar Nicholas and his family in 1918. It
happened exactly 80 years ago on this day. Today at 5 pm Moscow time the
remains of the tzar and his family along with some of their antourage
including Dr. Botkin will finally be burried at the Peter and Paul Cathedral
in St.Petersburg.
-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Barton Johnson <>
Date: 17 I@LQ 1998 G. 6:13
Subject: Botkin (fwd)

>>From Jeff Edmunds <>:
>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."