Yuri Felshtinsky

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Yuri Felshtinsky (born 1956) is a Russian historian living in the United States. Felshtinsky has authored several books on modern Russian and early Soviet history, including Blowing up Russia (with Alexander Litvinenko) and The Age of Assassins (with Vladimir Pribylovsky).[1] He was a long time friend of exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Moscow in 1956, Felshtinsky emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1978. He graduated from Brandeis University and got his PhD in history from Rutgers University. In 1993, he also defended his Doctor of Science thesis at the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

Publications by Yuri Felshtinsky[edit]

Felshtinsky has published a number of books on history of the Communist movement. In one of those books, Leaders the mobsters,[3] he described the Bolshevik party as a mafia-like organization where "almost no one died by a natural cause", based on hundreds of primary and secondary sources. This includes the poisoning of Vladimir Lenin, Felix Dzerzhinsky, and Maksim Gorky by Genrikh Yagoda on the orders from Joseph Stalin, the murders of Mikhail Frunze, Vyacheslav Menzhinsky, and Leon Trotsky, the poisoning of Stalin by Lavrenty Beria, and other similar episodes.

Felshtinsky also wrote Blowing up Russia with Alexander Litvinenko.[4][5][6] In this book, which was sponsored by former Russian oligarch and adversary of Vladimir Putin, Boris Berezovsky,[6] Litvinenko and Felshtinsky describe the history of the Russian apartment bombings that had happened in September 1999. According to the authors, the bombings were committed by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), as a false flag operation intended to justify the Second Chechen War. Felshtinsky is sometimes referred as an associate of Berezovsky.[4][5] since Litvinenko and Felshtinsky were supported by Berezovsky in their research work.[7]

In 2007 investigator Mikhail Trepashkin said that, according to his FSB sources, "everyone who was involved in the publication of the book Blowing up Russia will be killed", and that three FSB agents have made a trip to Boston to prepare the assassination of Felshtinsky.[8]

List of selected publications[edit]



  1. ^ Gordievsky, Oleg (March 7, 2008). "The Age of Assassins: the Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin by Yuri Felshtinsky and Vladimir Pribylovsky". London: The Times. 
  2. ^ Questions remain over death of Berezovsky. The Financial Times. March 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Leaders the mobsters (Text online) (in Russian). Moscow: Terra. 1999. 
  4. ^ a b "Britain accuses Russian in murder of Litvinenko". May 22, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Cowell, Alan (May 23, 2007). "Russian Is Accused of Poisoning Ex-K.G.B. Agent". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ a b "Yuri’s quest to uncover the truth lives on". 
  7. ^ Service, Robert (January 14, 2007). "Pointing the finger at Putin". London: The Times. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Mikhail Trepashkin" (in Russian). Radio Liberty. December 1, 2007. "все, кто причастен к выпуску книги «ФСБ взрывает Россию», будут уничтожены, и что выехала в Штаты группа из трех человек, сотрудников федеральной службы безопасности ... по месту жительства Фельштинского в город Бостон." 

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