On June 12th, Dr. Pamela A. Jordan presented “Stalin’s Singing Spy: The Life and Exile of Nadezhda Plevitskaya.” This lecture presentation was part of the Russian History Museum’s Second Saturday lecture series.
Dr. Jordan’s presentation explores the remarkable life of Nadezhda Plevitskaya (c. 1879-1940), a Russian peasant girl who achieved fame as one of Tsar Nicholas II’s favorite singers. The lecture considers decades-spanning chapters in Plevitskaya’s life, including her relationship with former White Russian General Nicholai Skoblin and the couple’s involvement in Stalin’s covert operations. Through the arc of the presentation, larger themes such as political turmoil, émigré experience, and the research process are considered.
The program concluded with an audience-based question and answer session.
More on this topic can be found in Dr. Jordan’s publication, Stalin’s Singing Spy: The Life and Exile of Nadezhda Plevitskaya.
This program is funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.