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A 20,000 Candle Party

Author: Tamara Eidelman
Translation: Nora Seligman Favorov


May/June 2011
Russian Calendar
Page 19   ( 4 pages)


Summary: On May 11, 1791, one of the most extravagant and sumptuous parties of Catherine the Great’s reign was held in the Tauride Palace, the St. Petersburg residence of Prince Grigory Potyomkin. The celebration marked the successful capture of the Izmail Fortress from Turkey. Yet as significant as this victory was, what was really being celebrated was something much greater.


This article appeared in the May/June 2011 issue of Russian Life. The text of this article is not available online. Follow the link to the full issue listing to see if the back issue is available through our webstore.

Weblinks related to this story:

  • Stalin's Folly A marvelous book on the days after the invasion, that looks at Stalin's motivations in 1941.
  • Suvorov's book Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II, the book mentioned in this Calendar piece.