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Zinaida Raikh
Birth: Jul. 3, 1894
Death: Jul. 14, 1939

Actress. She was married to the poet Sergei Essenin from 1917 to 1921. Known more for her great beauty and fiery temperament than for her acting ability, she nevertheless became a star at the theatre of Vsevolod Meyerhold, whom she married in 1924. In 1939, Josef Stalin had Meyerhold arrested on trumped-up charges of anti-Soviet activities. Three weeks later, thugs acting on orders of Stalin's secret police broke into Meyerhold's Moscow apartment and savagely attacked Raikh; she died of 17 stab wounds, two of them through her eyes. Meyerhold, who apparently never learned of Raikh's death, was executed in 1940. This ill-fated couple have been the subject of several stories and plays, and their apartment is now the Meyerhold Museum. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin (1895 - 1925)
  Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874 - 1940)
 
Burial:
Vagan'kovskoe Cemetery
Moscow
Moscow Federal City, Russian Federation
Plot: Section 17
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Jun 21, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8963834
Zinaida Raikh
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
Zinaida Raikh
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Zinaida Raikh
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- Robert David Miller
 Added: May. 15, 2015
Remembering you and your husband on this day xx
- Tracey Reid
 Added: Apr. 26, 2015
Remembered 75 years later
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Jul. 14, 2014
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