A historical novel

With the advent of Joseph Stalin to power, the Soviet Union begins to turn into a monstrous totalitarian state eager to enslave its own population and consume the neighboring countries.

But the world is not aware of what is going on since Soviet Russia closely guards its secrets and knows how to deal with the inquisitive.



Please review The Prince of the Soviets

The year is 1927.

Nina Kupina, a Russian political exile, is abducted by the Soviet agents in China who bring her to Moscow. She takes refuge at the house of Oscar Reich, an American millionaire who, unaccountably, has a privilege to run a private enterprise in the USSR.

Nina suspects that Mr. Reich is not who he pretends to be and there is some shady deal between him and the Bolsheviks. But she accepts his advances, knowing that he is the only person able to help her return home to her husband, Klim, who is living in Shanghai.

Little does she know that Klim is already in Russia looking for her.

To make inquiries about Nina’s whereabouts, he takes a position in the United Press as a correspondent in Moscow. His search leads him not to the reunion with his wife but to his imminent arrest as a spy. And Oscar Reich is ready to do everything to make sure Klim gets into the trap set by the Russian secret police.


TO KLIM ROGOV, the ungrateful wretch I foolishly harbored in my bosom,

FROM JOSE FERNANDO BURBANO, the boss and the owner of this damn radio station, the devil take it.

Regarding your willful resignation

September 28, 1927

Shanghai, Republic of China

Note from O. Harper, secretary: Sorry, Klim. I’m just typing what the boss dictates to me.


You had no right to resign from your job at my outstanding radio station and go charging off to the very devil itself—Soviet Russia. You’re the best radio presenter we have, and you’re causing us no end of trouble with our commercials.

We’ve only just signed a contract with the makers of Sedat-Eze sleeping tablets. I promised them you’d do them proud. Instead, it turns out you have done a runner. I detest you heartily for it, damn your eyes!

You can rest assured that I wouldn’t take you back even if you came crawling back on your belly asking my forgiveness for a whole year.


Book 1

A novel about the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917

Book 2

A novel about Shanghai in the turbulent 1920s

Book 3

A novel about foreign journalists in the USSR


Text by Elvira Baryakina

Translation by Rose France

Book cover design by Alex Mintz

Website design by Taras Karpyak