Hunted Through Central Asia: On the Run from Lenin's Secret Police

Hunted Through Central Asia: On the Run from Lenin's Secret Police


By (author) Paul Nazaroff, Revised by Peter Hopkirk, Introduction by Peter Hopkirk, Preface by Malcolm Burr, Translated by Malcolm Burr

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 200mm x 24mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 7 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192803689
  • ISBN 13: 9780192803689
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 742,370

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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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Author information

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, archaeology, ballistics, and botany, and was an accomplished linguist, huntsman, and taxidermist.

Table of contents

Introduction ; Preface ; 1. Awaiting Execution ; 2. Release ; 3. Days of Wrath ; 4. Hiding among the Sarts ; 5. Persecution and alarms ; 6. Home life among the Sarts and Kirghiz ; 7. Hiding among the Kirghiz ; 8. Alone with nature ; 9. The white lady ; 10. The road to Semirechie ; 11. Pishpek ; 12. In Semirechie ; 13. Hiding in the hills ; 14. Danger again ; 15. Back on the trail ; 16. Safety in sight ; 17. Desolation ; 18. Despair ; 19. One last effort ; 20. At last! ; Epilogue ; Index