Anna Timiryova, Admiral Kolchak’s woman
Anna Timiryova (nee Safonova, in the second marriage Kniper) was a Russian poetess and painter, the daughter of a prominent musician Safonov.
Anna Safonova was born in 1893 in Kislovodsk, into the family of the Terek Cossacks. In 1906 her family moved to St. Petersburg. The girl studied drawing and painting, was fluent in French and German.
In 1911 Anna married a naval officer S.N. Timityov. In 1914 she gave birth to their son Vladimir, who became a painter. They divorced in 1918.
In 1915, Anna met Rear-Admiral Alexander Kolchak. Although Kolchak was her husband’s closest friend and commanding officer, and had a family of his own, they began a clandestine affair. In 1917, Anna openly left her husband for the Admiral. She was 25 years old, he was – 43. Until January 1920 Anna was the wife of Admiral Kolchak. After his arrest in January 1920 she followed him. After Kolchak’s execution, she was arrested several times. Anna paid a great price for 17 months of love – 37 years in prison and exile.
In 1922 she married an engineer V.K. Knipper.
In 1925, she was arrested and expelled from Moscow for three years, lived in Tarus. For the fourth time, Anna was arrested in April 1935.
On March 25, 1938 Anna was arrested and in April 1939 was sentenced to eight years in the camps. Her 24-year-old son Vladimir was arrested and shot on May 28, 1938 for correspondence with his father, who at that time lived in China.
On December 21, 1949 Anna was again arrested.
Between arrests she worked as a librarian, archivist, draftsman, cartographer, and painter. In 1960, after rehabilitation, Anna settled in Moscow. She worked as a consultant on etiquette on the set of the film War and Peace, directed by Sergei Bondarchuk, and even appeared in an episode.
She died on January 31, 1975 in Moscow and was buried at Vagankovsky cemetery.