Kremenetski Konstantin

«The story of my life» by G. A. Gapon: how and why it was written

Kremenetski Konstantin (2019) "«The story of my life» by G. A. Gapon: how and why it was written ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia II : Istoriia. Istoriia Russkoy Pravoslavnoy Tserkvi, 2019, vol. 86, pp. 110-125 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturII201986.110-125


The “Story of my Life” by Georgiy Gapon was published in English in Great Britain in November 1905 and was simultaneously translated into French and Russian. This book has been often used ever since in describing the course of events in St. Petersburg on January 9, 1905. The editor of the Soviet edition of the book, A. S. Shilov, paid attention to the fact that the description of the events of January 9 was largely based on publications from Russian emigrant revolutionary newpapers. However, the authenticity of the book was never questioned. Detailed examination of the English original and its comparison with the Russian version of the book demonstrate that the English text is entirely based on a careful compilation of numerous texts from contemporary English, French and Russian newspapers and magazines. It contains inconsistencies as to the basic facts of Gapon’s biography. The text was written by the English author George Perris with collaboration with his Russian colleague David Sockice. Both were members of the Society of Friends of Russian Freedom and were actively involved in the Russian revolutionary movement. The book was presented to the public as an authentic autobiography of Gapon. The publication of the book was part of propaganda eff orts to consolidate in public opinion the version of events of January 22 created by British and French newspapers and to counterbalance the offi cial Russian explanation of the nature of the riot on January 9, 1905.


G. Gapon, Bloody Sunday, George Perris, David Soskice, propaganda, revolutionary movement, newspapers


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Kremenetski Konstantin

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Geography ;
Place of work: New York Film Academy, Los Angeles Campus; 3300 Riverside Drive, Burbank, California, 91505 USA;
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Email: kkremenetski@gmail.com.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.