Zinaida Yusupova

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Zinaida Yusupova
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Princess Zinaida Yusupova
Spouse(s) Count Felix Felixovich Sumarkov-Elston
Prince Nicholas Felixovich Yusupov
Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov
Full name
Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova
Noble family Yusupov
Father Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov
Mother Countess Tatiana Alexandrovna de Ribeaupierre
Born 2 September 1861
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died 24 November 1939 (aged 78)
Paris, France

Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova, (Russian: Зинаида Николаевна Юсупова; 2 September 1861 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire – 24 November 1939 in Paris, France), (variously transliterated from Russian as Yussupov, Yossopov, Iusupov, Youssoupov, Youssoupoff), was a Russian noblewoman best known as the mother of Prince Felix Yusupov, the murderer of Rasputin.

The greatest Russian heiress of her day, and the last of her line at the House of Yusupov, she married Count Felix Nikolaievich Sumarokov-Elston. She had her own mansion in Liteyny Avenue, where the Institute of Economic Relations, Economics and Law is currently located. She owned the palace at Nevsky Prospect 86 as well.[1]

As a leading figure in pre-Revolutionary Russian society, she was famed for her beauty and the lavishness of her hospitality. In private, she became a severe critic of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Her most famous son, Felix, was best known for participating in the murder of Grigori Rasputin. Her eldest son Nicholas was killed in a duel, an event which cast a shadow over the rest of her life. Following the Russian Revolution, she and her husband moved to Rome. After his death she moved to Paris, where she died in 1939.



  1. ^ Соболева, Инна Аркадьевна (2013). Невский проспект: Дорога, ведущая к храму (in Russian). Издательский дом "Питер". p. 236-237. ISBN 9785496006521. 

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