Hunted Through Central Asia: On the Run from Lenins Secret Police

Paperback | August 8, 2002

byPaul Nazaroff, Peter Hopkirk

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'My position was uncomfortable. Here was I, in an absolutely exposed place, with Red Guards and commissars on every side. I had very little money left and no means of transport at all.'Paul Nazaroff was the ringleader of a desperate plot to overthrow the Bolsheviks in Central Asia in 1918. He was betrayed to the Secret Police, who declared him 'the most dangerous counter-revolutionary at large in the Tashkent region'.Thus began his extraordinary catalogue of adventures, 'a long and distant odyssey which would take me right across Central Asia . . . over the Himalayas to the plains of Hindustan'.As he fled from Lenin's men, he was aided by the indigenous peoples of the region, the Kirghiz and the Sarts, whose language and culture had been steeped in since boyhood. For months he was forced to live the life of a hunted animal.Peter Hopkirk has contributed a fascinating introduction to this tale of hair-breadth 'scapes and survival against all odds, as well as an epilogue which reveals Nazaroff's later fortunes.

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'My position was uncomfortable. Here was I, in an absolutely exposed place, with Red Guards and commissars on every side. I had very little money left and no means of transport at all.'Paul Nazaroff was the ringleader of a desperate plot to overthrow the Bolsheviks in Central Asia in 1918. He was betrayed to the Secret Police, who decl...

Paul Nazaroff was educated in Moscow and St Petersburg. His career as a geoloist, minerologist, and mining engineer was interrupted by the Bolshevick Revolution, which prompted him to become a counter-revolutionary agent. A man of wide sympathies and encyclopaedic knowledge, he was also highly skilled in the fields of ornithology, arc...
Format:PaperbackPublished:August 8, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Peter Hopkirk: IntroductionMalcolm Burr: Preface1. Awaiting Execution2. Release3. Days of Wrath4. Hiding among the Sarts5. Persecution and alarms6. Home life among the Sarts and Kirghiz7. Hiding among the Kirghiz8. Alone with nature9. The white lady10. The road to Semirechie11. Pishpek12. In Semirechie13. Hiding in the hills14. Danger again15. Back on the trail16. Safety in sight17. Desolation18. Despair19. One last effort20. At last!Peter Hopkirk: EpilogueIndex