Wilton, who was born in Cringleford, Norfolk, was the son of a British mining engineer employed in Russia. In 1889 he joined the European staff of the New York Herald, remaining with that newspaper for fourteen years, and corresponding on both Russian and German affairs. He then took up an appointment as The Times correspondent in St Petersburg, and became known as a keen observer of events in Russia during the last years of the Tsarist regime. After the Revolution, he moved to Siberia. Following the collapse of the Kolchak government, Wilton managed to escape from Russia and eventually arrived in Paris where, in 1920, he rejoined the New York Herald. In 1924 he joined the staff of a newly founded newspaper, the Paris Times (which published in English). He died from cancer at the Hertford British Hospital in Paris early in 1925.
He was the author of two books: Russia's Agony (published by Edward Arnold, London, 1918) and The Last Days of the Romanovs (1920).
Аntisemitism and Blood libel
Wilton was accused of being a right-wing antisemite. He was a proponent of blood libel, claiming in his 1920 book The Last Days of the Romanovs that the execution of the Romanovs was a ritual murder by the Jews. He was criticized by several liberal British journalists for supporting the attempted military coup by Lavr Kornilov. In 1919 he published "Russia's Agony", which claimed (p. ix) that "Bolshevism is not Russian - it is essentially non-national, its leaders being almost entirely in the race [Jews] that lost its country and its nationhood long ago. Acdcording to Semyon Reznik Wilton also assisted Russian antisemites in fabrication of photographic evidence of ritual crimes by Jews.
- Obituary: Mr R. W.(sic) Wilton. The Times, Tuesday 20 January 1925, p. 14 column D.
- Obituary, The Times.
- "Семен РЕЗНИК: КРОВАВЫЙ НАВЕТ В РОССИИ (Продолжение) [WIN]". vestnik.com.
- "Н.А. Соколов пользовался услугами Роберта Уилтона, помогавшего изготовлять фотографии вещественных доказательств – в обмен на информацию о еврейских кознях, которая через газету «Таймс» «потрясала мир»." Semyon Reznik "Растление ненавистью" pp.92-106
- Russia's Agony by Robert Wilton.
- The Last Days of the Romanovs by Robert Wilton, George Gustav Telberg and Nikolai Sokolov.
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