The Holy Thief – Character List
Sergei Timofeevich Akunin, a former referee – now the groundskeeper at the Tomsky Stadium.
Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel, a famous writer who lives in an apartment in the same building as Korolev.
Antonina Nikolaevna Pirozhkova, Babel’s wife who is working as an engineer on the construction of the new Metro.
Captain Brusilov, an officer commanding the Militia station responsible for the areas around Razin Street.
Dr Zinaida Petrovna Chestnova, a pathologist.
Dr Esimov, Dr Chestnova’s assistant.
Evgenia Feinberg, an old friend of Babel’s, now married to Ezhov, the newly appointed Commissar of State Security.
Avram Emilievich Ginzburg, a poet and friend of Babel’s
Lena Yakovlevna Ginzburg, his wife.
Professor Goldfarb, a doctor who lives in the same building as Korolev.
Kim Goldstein, the leader of a gang of street children that Korolev names the Razin Street Irregulars in tribute to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Colonel Gregorin, a senior NKVD officer based at the Lubianka.
Timofei Afanasovich Gueginov, a police photographer.
Valentina Nikolaevna Koltsova, a young widow who shares Korolev’s apartment, along with her daughter Natasha.
Natasha Egorovich Koltsova, Valentina’s daughter.
Count Kolya, head of the Thieves.
Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev, detective with Moscow Criminal Investigation Division, based at 38 Petrovka Street.
Lydia Kovalevskaya, secretary of the Komsomol cell based in the church where the first body was found.
Nikolai Vladimirovich Krylov, Duty manager at the Metropol Hotel
Maria Ivanovna Kuznetsova, the first murder victim.
Grigoriy Denisovich Larinin, a former traffic policeman who, after denouncing Korolev’s friend, Knuckles Mendeleyev, has advanced to become a detective in his place.
Maria Lobkovskaya, an elderly lady who lives on the floor below Korolev’s apartment.
Maxim Luburov, head of building management committee in Korolev’s building.
Avram Emilievich Medvedeva, a poet, married to Lena Yakolevna.
Knuckles Mendeleyev, a hard and effective detective who has recently disappeared, following a denunciation by Larinin, who took his job.
Mikhail, Korolev’s cousin who he is living with at the start of the novel.
Mishka, a Thief, and Count Kolya’s right hand man.
Pavel Timofeevich Morozov, an ex-soldier who looks after the Petrovka Street cars.
Semyon Paunichev, a detective colleague of Korolev’s.
General Semion Semionovich Popov, Korolev’s boss.
Sergeant Pushkin, an elderly Militiaman who works in the Razin Street area.
Colonel Rodinov, a senior NKCD officer.
Jack Schwartz, an American staying at the Hotel Metropol HT, p.82
Junior Lieutenant Ivan Ivanovich Semionov, a young detective assigned to assist Korolev in his investigation.
Shura, an old woman who looks after Babel.
Anna Solayevna, works in the typing pool at Petrovka Street.
Nikolai Starostin (and his brothers Aleksandr and Alexei), famous Soviet footballers.
Tesak, a senior Thief.
Volodya, Gregorin’s very large and intimidating driver.
Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda, the former Commissar of State Security, recently replaced by Nikolai Ezhov.
Dmitry Alexandrovich Yasimov, Korolev’s fellow detective and old friend.
Yuri, Korolev’s son.
Zhenia, Korolev’s wife until two years previously, now living in Zagorsk with Korolev’s son Yuri and her new partner, a doctor.