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Vaginov K.K. (1899-1934), writer

VAGINOV (Wagenheim) Konstantin Konstantinovich (1899, St. Petersburg - 1934, Leningrad), poet, prose writer. He graduated from Gurevich Petrograd Private School (1917)


VAGONMASH (115 Moskovsky Avenue), closed joint-stock company, a large car production facility. It was founded by F.K. Reschtke, native of Saxony (Rechkin in Russian version), as a metalworking plant in 1874

Valberkh I.I. (1766-1819), ballet dancer, choreographer

VALBERKH Ivan Ivanovich (1766-1819, St. Petersburg), dancer, ballet master, script writer, teacher. After graduating from the St. Petersburg Theatre School in 1786, where he studied under G

Valk S.N., (1887-1975), historian

VALK Sigizmund Natanovich (1887-1975, Leningrad), historian, archeograph, archivist, Ph.D. (Doctor of Historical Sciences) (1936), Professor (1946). Graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of Petersburg University (1913)

Vallin de la Mothe J.-B.M. (1729-1800), architect.

VALLIN DE LA MOTHE Jean Baptiste Michel (1729-1800), French architect. Is thought to have studied under the supervision of his cousin, architect J.F. Blondel. In 1750-52, he further perfected his skills in Italy

Vargunin Family, entrepreneurs

VARGUNIN FAMILY, entrepreneurs, former peasants of Yaroslavl Region. Ivan Grigorievich Vargunin (?-1826) was a stationery seller in St. Petersburg. His son Alexander Ivanovich (1807-1877) built Nevskaya Stationery Factory together with J

Variety Theatre

VARIETY THEATRE (from 1991, The St. Petersburg Variety Theatre; 27 Bolshaya Konushennaya Street) started life as the public theatre (presenting the German troupe of Eckenberg I.-K.) operating in these premises in 1723-33

Variety Theatre (Entry)

VARIETY THEATRE (from the French word varietes, from the Latin varietas - mixture) is the name for leisure programmes based on uniting various genres normally demonstrated at restaurants and cafes (they were supplemented with meal)

Varlamov K.A., (1848-1915), actor

VARLAMOV Konstantin Alexandrovich (1848, St. Petersburg - 1915, Petrograd), actor, son of composer A.E. Varlamov. Educated at home. Took part in amateur performances. Began working on the professional stage in 1867, at the theatre of A.M

Varshavsky Railway Station

VARSHAVSKY RAILWAY STATION (located at 188 Obvodny Canal Embankment), was built in 1853 by architect K.A. Skarzhinsky. Traffic on the first section of the railway 44.6 km long, between St

Vasileostrovets, garden

VASILEOSTROVETS, a garden between Bolshoy Avenue and Sredny Avenue of Vasilievsky Island, Klubnaya Street, Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Line of Vasilievsky Island. Its area is 1.4 hectares

Vasileostrovsky District

VASILEOSTROVSKY DISTRICT is an administrative territorial unit of St. Petersburg. (Its territory administration is located at 55 Bolshoy Avenue of Vasilievsky Island) Its present-day borders were formed in 1917 (the western part was a separate

Vasilievsky Island

VASILIEVSKY ISLAND, the largest island in the estuary of the Neva 1,090 hectares in area. The island is washed by the Bolshaya Neva in the south and the Malaya Neva in the northeast

Vasilyev A.V. (1913-1976), architect.

VASILYEV Alexander Viktorovich (1913-1976, Leningrad), architect, painter, graphic artist. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (1938). In the years of the war, he worked as a poster artist for propaganda

Vasilyev G.N. (1899-1946) and S.D. (1900-1959) (the Brothers Vasilyev) film directors

VASILYEV, pseudo-brothers bearing the same surname), film directors and script writers. Georgy Nikolaevich (1899-1946), Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (1940), took part in the Civil War

Vasilyev N.V. (1875 – not earlier than 1940-s), architect.

VASILYEV Nikolay Vasilievich (1875-1950s ?), architect. Graduated from the College of Civil Engineers (1904). His early works include: the mansion of M.A. Savitskaya (now the town of Pushkin, 15 Moskovskaya Street, 1904-05)

Vasilyev P.V., (1832-1879), actor

VASILYEV Pavel Vasilievich (1832-1879), actor. Graduated from the Moscow Drama School (1850). In St. Petersburg, succeeded A.E. Martynov, who had strong impact on him in the 1850s, in the Alexandrinsky Theatre's troupe (1860-64, 1865-74)

Vasilyevsky V.G. (1838-1899), historian

VASILYEVSKY Vasily Grigorievich (1838-99), historian, member of Petersburg Academy of Sciences from 1890. He graduated from Petersburg University with a major in history and philology in 1860 and worked there as a teacher

Vasnetsov Yury Alexeevich (1900-1973), artist

VASNETSOV Yury Alexeevich (1900-1973, Leningrad), graphic artist, painter, People's Artist of RSFSR (1966). From 1921, he lived in St. Petersburg and studied in the Academy of Arts (1921-26) under Alexey Karev, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin

Vaulin P. K. (1870-1943), ceramist

VAULIN Peter Kuzmich (1870-1943), chemical engineer and ceramics artist. He worked in S. I. Mamontov's ceramic workshop in Abramtsevo near Moscow in 1890-1904. He then founded industrial workshops in Kikerino near St

Vavilov Institute for the History of Science and Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.

VAVILOV INSTITUTE FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg Branch, situated at 2 Tamozhenny Lane. It was founded in 1953 as a Leningrad branch based on the Committee for the History of the Academy

Vavilov N.I., (1887-1943), biologist

VAVILOV Nikolay Ivanovich (1887-1943), geneticist, plant-breeder, science official, public figure, Member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1929), Member of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1929)

Vavilov Research Institute of Cultivation

VAVILOV RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CULTIVATION, a governmental scientific centre of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, located at 42 and 44 Bolshaya Morskaya Street

Vavilov S.I., (1891-1951), physicist

VAVILOV Sergey Ivanovich (1891-1951), physicist, founder of the Soviet Scientific School of Optical Physics, Member (1932) and President (1945-51) of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Brother of N I. Vavilov

Vavilov State Optical Institute

VAVILOV STATE OPTICAL INSTITUTE, located at 12-14 Birzhevaya Line, is the biggest Russian scientific centre for theoretical and applied research into the sphere of optical information technology, photo technology and basic optical disciplines

Vaynonen V.I. (1901-1964), ballet dancer, choreographer

VAYNONEN Vasily Ivanovich (1901 - 1964, St. Petersburg), ballet dancer, choreographer, Honoured Artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (1939). Graduated from the Petrograd Drama School, where he studied under V.I

Vecherny Peterburg (The Evening Petersburg), newspaper

VECHERNY PETERBURG (The Evening Petersburg) (until 1991 was known as Vecherny Leningrad), a city newspaper. The newspaper's history traditionally dates back to 17 October 1917, when the first bolshevik evening newspaper Rabochy i Soldat

Vedeneev Institute of Hydraulic Engineering

VEDENEEV ALL-RUSSIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING, situated at 21 Gzhatskaya Street. It was founded in 1921 on the initiative of Professor G. K. Riesenkampf and N. N


VEGETATION. St. Petersburg is situated in the Southern Taiga subzone characterised by a dominance of coniferous forests with grass and shrub formations. Prior to active human settlement the Neva Lowland and the coast of the Gulf of Finland were

Velodromes (entry)

VELODROMES. The first velodrome in St. Petersburg with the seating capacity of 10,000 spectators was opened in 1895 on the Kamenny Island; for a short period cycle tracks functioned in Strelna