Elvira Baryakina

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I an author of 15 books published by the major Moscow publishing houses and translated into English and other languages.

Based on extensive research performed all over the globe, my novels depict the life of Klim Rogov, a talented and sharp-witted journalist who witnesses the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Soviet and Western race for dominance in China, and the gradual formation of the totalitarian state in the USSR.

My readers are historical fiction fans with a special interest in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. Reading my novels, they experience early 20th century through the lives of Russian aristocrats and communists, white Shanghailanders and Chinese patriots, Soviet political police officers and foreign journalists working in Moscow in the 1920s. I show when, how, and why the great empire was torn apart, and Russia transformed into a communist state.

My novels

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Vanishing Russia

Book 1

Klim Rogov, a Russian expatriate in Argentina, returns to his homeland only to become caught up in the end of WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution. As the world collapses around him, he refuses to desert the woman he loves and remains in the Land of the Soviets fighting for their lives throughout the bloody struggles of 1917-1920.


White Ghosts

Book 2

Some call the city the ‘Splendor of the East’; others the ‘Whore of Asia’. A melting pot of different nations fused by war and commerce, this is Shanghai of the 1920s.

The Great Powers exploit China for its cheap labor, reaping the rewards of the booming opium trade. When a flotilla of ships carrying the remnants of the Russian White Army approaches the Shanghai harbor, the fragile balance of this international marketplace comes under threat.

Among the refugees is Klim Rogov, whose career and marriage have been claimed by the Soviet Revolution. All he has left are his quick wits and keen worldliness that come in quite handy in navigating the lawless jungle of Shanghai. Amidst the survival frenzy, all that keeps him going is the hope that someday he’ll be reunited with his beloved wife Nina.


The Prince of the Soviets

Book 3

In 1927, Klim Rogov comes to the USSR looking for his wife Nina who was abducted by Soviet agents. His tourist visa expires, so he gets a position in the United Press as a correspondent in Moscow.

Covering the political events in the first and only socialist state in the world, Klim realizes that the Soviet Russia slowly but inevitably slides down to totalitarianism. Another, indistinguishable revolution is unfolding in front of his eyes, but this time Stalin’s attack on his own people has much worse consequences than the October coup d’état in 1917.

Klim thinks that Nina went to prison for political offenses, but he finds her among the so-called Red Capitalists, a few lucky foreigners able to do business in Russia. There’s no need to save her – at least that is what Klim thinks. Nothing could be further from the truth.