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EUGENE BOTKIN Court physician. Botkin attended primarily the Empress Alexandra DR. FEDOROV A doctor who cared for the Tsarevich Alexis DR. VLADIMIR DEREVENKO A doctor permanently assigned to the Tsarevich Alexis PIERRE GILLIARD Swiss tutor of the Tsarevich Alexis ANNA VYRUBOVA The Empress Alexandra’s closest friend and confidante DEREVENKO A sailor assigned to watch the Tsarevich Alexis night and day. No relation to Dr. Derevenko MATHILDE KSCHESSINSKA Ballerina. Mistress of Nicholas II before his marriage GREGORY RASPUTIN A Siberian peasant ALEXANDER KERENSKY Prime Minister of the Provisional Government, 1917 VLADIMIR ULYANOV (Lenin) First leader of the Soviet State PART ONE NOTE The titles EMPEROR and TSAR, and EMPRESS and TSARITSA, are all correct and are used interchangeably in this book.

If this is true, it is also true that if there had been no hemophilia, there would have been no Rasputin. This is not to say that everything that happened in Russia stemmed from the illness of a single boy. It is not to overlook the backwardness of Russian society, the clamor for reform, the strain and battering of a world war and the wrong decisions of the last Tsar. All of these powerfully affected events. But then, as if to ensure a terrible ending, Fate introduced hemophilia and Rasputin.

As a girl, Dagmar was engaged to Tsar Alexander Ill’s older brother, Nicholas, then the heir to the Russian throne. When Nicholas died before their marriage, he bequeathed to Alexander not only his title of Tsarevich, but his dark-haired fiancée as well. Before her marriage, Princess Dagmar took the Russian name of Marie Fedorovna. Russians loved this small, gay woman who became their Empress, and Marie gloried in the life of the Russian court. She delighted in parties and balls. “I danced and danced.

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