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Boris Brasol was born in Poltava, Ukraine (then part of Imperial Russia), in 1885. His father was the notable homeopath Lev Brasol. After graduation from the law department of St Petersburg University, Brasol served in the Imperial Russian Ministry of Justice, where he took part in the prosecution of the Beilis blood libel case. In 1912, he was sent to Lausanne to study forensic science.
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During World War I, Brasol held the rank of Lieutenant in the Tsar's army. In 1916, he was recalled from the front and sent to the US to work as a lawyer for an Anglo-Russian purchasing committee. After the October Revolution in Russia Brasol stayed in the US as an emigrant.
During his time in the United States, Brasol was an ardent supporter of restoration of the monarchy in Russia, and served as the official representative of Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia in the United States. He was a founding member of the Russian Imperial Union Order.
Brasol had an extensive publishing career in the United States. He published "Socialism vs. Civilization" (1920), "The World at the Cross Roads" (1921), "The Balance Sheet of Sovietism" (1922), "Elements of Crime" (1927), "The Mighty Three: Poushkin, Gogol, Dostoievsky" (1934). In 1935, he founded the Pushkin Committee, and from 1937 until 1963 served as President of the Pushkin Society in America.
Several authors link Brasol's name with the first US edition of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, which was titled "The Protocols and World Revolution, including a Translation and Analysis of the 'Protocols of the Meetings of the Zionist Men of Wisdom'" (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company Publishers, 1920). Brasol pursued a successful career as a literary critic and criminologist and published several books in each of these fields.
He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx), New York.
Some of his papers are preserved in the Library of Congress Manuscript Collection.
- 1920: Socialism vs. Civilization. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
- 1921: The World at the Cross Roads. London, Hutchinson
- 1922: The Balance Sheet of Sovietism. New York, Duffield
- 1927: Elements of Crime (Psycho-Social Interpretation). Oxford University Press
- 1934: The Mighty Three: Poushkin - Gogol - Dostoievsky. New York: William Farquhar Payson
- 1938: Oscar Wilde: the Man, the Artist, the Martyr. New York: Scribner's Sons
- 1949: F. M. Dostoevsky, The Diary of a Writer, trans. Boris Brasol. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
- 1954: --do.-- New York: George Braziller
- The Protocols and World Revolution
- including a Translation and Analysis of the
- "Protocols of the Meetings of the Zionist Men of Wisdom"
- (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1920)
- Brazil, Boris (December 5, 1924). "Grand Duke Cyril's Plans". New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- Henry L. Feingold. A Time for Searching: Entering the Mainstream, 1920-1945. p. 8.
- American Pushkin Society http://www.americanpushkinsociety.com/archive-1/. Retrieved 25 December 2015. Missing or empty