Arthur Cherep-Spiridovich
Arthur Cherep-Spiridovich on a French postcard of 1920
Born 1858
Died 22 October 1926
Arrochar, New York City, United States
Occupation soldier, political activist, writer
Notable work(s) Secret World Government or The Hidden Hand

Arthur Cherep-Spiridovich (1858—1926) was a mysterious Russian figure who moved to the United States following the Bolshevik Revolution. He claimed to be a Tsarist general and white Russian loyalist. He was involved in Pan-Slavism and White Russian activism, including various chivalric orders and cultural organisations, amongst the diaspora community in America. Spiridovich is perhaps best known for authoring a book positing various conspiracy theories entitled "Secret World Government or The Hidden Hand".


Spiridovitch was President of the Slavonic Society of Russia and also of the Latino-Slavic League of Paris and Rome. Politically he was a supporter of the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and an opponent of Bolshevism.

According to Walter Laqueur:

Count (General) Cherep-Spiridovich had his headquarters in the United States; he was even more obviously a clinical case than some of his colleagues. He introduced himself in his books as 'The Slav Pope', 'The Slav Bismarck','The possessor of the faculty to foresee events'
(Lord Alfred Douglas dixit)30
and combined Barnum promotion techniques with propagation of the stories supplied by his European friends. The results have to be read to be believed. Even so, well-known men like Henry Ford and newspapers like the Financial Times in London took him seriously and helped him to reach a fairly wide public.

Walter Laqueur, Russia and Germany (1965), p. 120.


  • A Europe without Turkey—the security of France requires (1913)
  • Towards Disaster: Dangers and Remedies (1914)
  • How to Save England (1920)
  • Secret World Government or The Hidden Hand (1926)


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