On the 500-year anniversary of the foundation of Antonievo-Siysky monastery

Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS in cooperation with the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskij Dom), RAS on October 19–21, 2020 is to carry out the scientific conference timed to 500-year anniversary of the foundation of Antonievo-Siysky monastery  «Antonievo-Siysky monastery: preserved sanctuaries» [“Antonievo-Siysky monastery: sohranennye svyatyni”][.

Historians, philologists, specialist in history of art and culture are welcome to participate.  Letter of information [in Russian].

A new book

“Istoricheskaya Illustratsiya” publ. issued a new monograph by Z.V. Dmitrieva and S.A. Kozlov “Taxes and wars in Russia of 16th-18th cent.” [“Nalogi i voiny v Rossii XVI-XVIII vv.”]. ISBN 978-5-89566-207-6

The monograph deals with the history of the Russian taxation in 16th-18th centuries in the context of “taxes-wars” issue. The authors outlined the impact of geopolitical forces on changes of the forms of taxes and taxation priorities of the Russian state; examined the role of commune in formation of system of taxes. The monograph establishes the share of military expenses in the state budget of Russia and European states as well as scrutinizes Russian taxation under the concept of military fiscal state of the Early Modern Era. The appendix contains documents of 17th and early 18th centuries dealing with the system of taxation of Russian state шт the wartime.

The book is aimed at both specialists historians and ordinary people interested in economic and military history of Russia.


The publication is prepared and carried out with the financial support from RFBR, projects № 19-1900110 и № 16-01-00066-ОГН.

On 160-year anniversary of I.M. Grevs.



On June 9, 2020 the session of the Scientific Council will take place in online format. The second part of it will deal with 160-year anniversary of Ivan Mikhailovich Grevs.

There will be delivered reports by D.Sc. in History B.S. Kaganovich “I.M. Grevs as a Historian and a Person” and by D.Sc. in History, professor of the Institute of History of SPbSU O.B. Vahromeeva “Study of Literature in Creative Work of Ivan Mikhailovich Grevs”.

The report of D.Sc. in History B.S. Kaganovich (in Russian). 

Our scholars



On May 29 Boris Fedorovich Egorov had his 94th anniversary.

We, his colleauges cordially congratulate him with his birthday and wish him many happy returns of the day, stay healthy and further succeed in his research and creative work!

In memory of the scholar


On the eve of the Victory Day collective of our Institute suffered an irretrievable loss.

On May 8, 2020 Viktor Nikolaevich Pleshkov – D.Sc. in History, scientific adviser of the Department of General History, outstanding specialist in American history, who for 14 years was the head of Saint Petersburg Institute of the RAS has died from heart attack.

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.