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Timed to 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War

Ahead of 75th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences publishes on its website the new historical source – the memoirs of Petersburg architect Vladimir Sergeevich Lukyanov about his work on “Leningrad Hero City Obelisk”, opened in 1985 at Vosstaniya square.

Brief memoirs, written in unusual “telegraph” style and richely illustrated by sketches and photographs ща the monument, outline the history of its creation and opening, include authors view on the events of ancient and recent history of Russia, and undoubtedly will attract the attention of the visitors of the website.

On 75th anniversary of the Victory Day

On May 12, 2020 at 14.30 expanded session of the Scientific Council of SPbIH of the RAS timed to 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War will be held. The session will be carried online with the reports delivered by:

Karpenko Irina Aleksandrovna, Cand.Sc. in History, academic secretary of the State Museum of History of Saint Petersburg «The First Victory Day. May 9, 1945 in Leningrad». The report (in Russian).

Moshnik Yulia Igorevna, Cand.Sc. in History, senior researcher of «Vyborg Integrated Museum-Reserve» «Finnish Press of 1941‒1944 about the Destiny of Sieged Leningrad and its Citizens». The report (in Russian).

Kantor Yulia Zorahovna, D.Sc. in History, Chief Researcher of SPbIH of the RAS  ««the Ways of Disappearance» of Artistic Valuables from the Occupied Regions of Russia during the Great Patriotic War (by the example of North-Western Russia)». The report (in Russian)..

Kovalev Boris Nikolaevich, D.Sc. in History, leading researcher of SPbIH of the RAS «Novgorod under hostile occupation in 1941‒1944». The report (in Russian).

Postponement of scientific events

Due to difficult epidemiological situation all the scientific events planned to be carried out in the institute in April and May 2020 are postponed.

The dates of its possible conducting will be announced later.

New book

“Piter” publishers issued new book by D.Sc. in History B.N. Kovalev “Ispanskaya divizia – soyuznik Tretiegi reiha. 1941-1945 gg” [“The Spanish Division – the ally of the Third Reich. 1941-1945”]. ISBN: 978-5-4461-1637-9

During the Great Petriotic War hudreds of thousands of soldiers and officers from European countries-allies of Hitler Germany fought against the Soviet Union. Aming them were the ones from Spain, the country which officially didn’t participate in the war. The Spanish “Blue Вivision” got to the Eastern fron in October 1941, till August 1942 stayed in Novgorod and its neighbourhood, wherefrom was moved near Leningrad and fought in bloody battles against the Red Army. It was the strong resistance of the Blue Division that prevented the raising of the blockade in the winter of 1943.

The book is based on numerous archival sources, diaries and memoirs of Spanish volunteers, Soviet soldiers and inhabitants of occupied areas as well as on studies of foreign scholars. The book is aimed at wide spectre of readers.

New publication


“Kuchkovo pole” publ. in the book series “Zhivaya istoria” (“Live history”) issued the memoirs of V.N. Shakhovskoi “Tak prohidit mirskaya slava. 1893-1917” (“Sic transit gloria mundi. 1893-1917”) ISBN 978-5-9950-0990-0 (“Kuchkovo pole”); ISBN 978-5-9907259-8-0 (“Retrospektiva”). The publication provided with introductory article and commentary was composed by S.V. Kulikov.

The author of the memoirs is now underservingly forgotten outstanding statesman of the Russian Empire prince Vsevolod Nikolaevich Shakhovskoi, who from February 1915 till February 1917 served as the Minister of Trade and Industry.
The memoirs of V.N. Shakhovskoi are published in Russia for the first time. The book includes thorough commentary, which closes the gaps made by memorialist due to the absence of his pre-Revolutionary personal archive.

New book

“Dmitrii Bulanin” publishers issued the publication “Ioasaf (Gaponov V. S.), ieromonakh. Tserkovno-istoricheskoe i statisticheskoe opisanie Vladimirskoi eparkhii, sostavlennoe na osnovanii opredeleniya Sv. Pravitel’stvuyushchego Sinoda ot 19 maya / 6 oktyabrya 1850 goda”. This book was prepared on the basis of materials from the Russian State Historical Archive by the director of SPbIH of the RAS A.V. Sirenov and the head of the Dept. of Historical Bibliography of the NLR, associated researcher of SPbIH of the RAS A.I. Razdorskii.

This publication presents to the reader previously unpublished text of the unique material composed in 1853 by scholar and specialist in local history celibate priest (ieromonakh) Ioasaf (Gaponov V. S.) in the frames of project of preparation of historical and statistic descriptions of all the dioceses (eparchis) of the Russian Orthodox Church initiated by the Holy Synod in 1850 and left unfinished. The book includes not only the historical description of the Vladimir diocese but also copies of the historical documents from monastiс and church archives (some were lately lost), what gives it outstanding importance for the study of the history of Vladimir region.