Mikhail Raslovlev

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Mikhail Sergeevich Raslovlev (1892 - April 21, 1987)[1] was a Russian monarchist emigre who met Philip Graves and presented to him a copy of Maurice Joly's book, Dialogue aux Enfers entre Montesquieu et Machiavel, thereby demonstrating that the infamous Protocols of Zion was a plagiarism, as well as a hoax; it was demonstrated conclusively that substantial portions of the former were copied, or lifted, from the latter.

At the time, Raslovlev was employed by the American Red Cross in the capital of Turkey, and Graves was a journalist, the Constantinople correspondent for The Times (London). Raslovlev's conduct gave Graves the means to expose the Protocols of Zion as a hoax. Graves subsequently wrote articles for his British newspaper, in August 1921, stating his discovery and exposure of the plagiarism. The book by Joly was extremely rare—copies of it were confiscated prior to its distribution, and its author was arrested. The book is a satire on Napoleon III's rule of France.

Initially, Raslovlev's name had been concealed by Graves, at Raslovlev's request, and he was referred to by Graves simply as "Mr. X" and described as a Russian landlord with English connections, whose religion was Russian Orthodox, and politically a constitutional monarchist.

At the famous Berne Trial the question of his name came up, but it was not disclosed.

The "Mikhail Raslovlev Papers" are held at the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.[2]

See also[edit]


  • Warrant for Genocide
by Norman Cohn
(London: Serif, c1967, c1996)
  • The Non-Existent Manuscript
by Cesare G. De Michelis
(Lincoln and London: The University of Nebraska Press, 2004)
ISBN 0-8032-1727-7 (cloth)
  • A History of the Jews in the Modern World
by Howard M. Sachar
(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)
p. 472
  • The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
by Will Eisner
(New York/London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2005)