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DORMITORIES. A living-quarters system for a large number of people living together, present in St. Petersburg from the first days of the city’s existence. The first builders of the city lived, as a rule, in large groups

Dostoevskogo Street

DOSTOEVSKOGO STREET, running from Kuznechny Lane to Sotsialisticheskaya Street. In 1739-99, the main part of the street was called Skatertnaya; the length extending from Svechnoy Lane to Ruzovskaya Street bore the name Semenovskaya Street (after the

Dostoevsky F. M. (1821-1881), writer

DOSTOEVSKY Fedor Mikhaylovich (1821-1881, St. Petersburg), writer, corresponding member of the Petersburg Academy of Sciences (1877). In 1837 came to St. Petersburg

Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum

DOSTOEVSKY LITERARY MEMORIAL MUSEUM ( 5/2 Kuznechny Lane), opened 13.11.1971 in the house where F. M. Dostoevsky rented his last flat since 1878 and where he died on 28.1.1881. R. G

Dovlatov S.D. (1941-1990), writer

DOVLATOV Sergey Donatovich (1941-1990), prose writer. Studied at the Philological Faculty of Leningrad State University (didn't finish his degree). In 1962 he was conscripted into the army

Dow George, (1781-1829), artist

DOW George (1781-1829), an English painter, honorary associate of the Academy of Arts from 1820. He studied under T. Lawrence in the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 1796 to 1810. Invited by Emperor Alexander I, he lived in St

Drachevsky D.V., Head of City Administration,1907-14

DRACHEVSKY Daniil Vasilievich (1858-1918), statesman, Major General (1905), Major General of the Suite (1909). Graduated from Konstantinovskoe Artillery College (1876) and from Nikolaevskaya Academy of the General Staff in St. Petersburg (1887)

Dragoon Life Guards Regiment

DRAGOON LIFE GUARDS REGIMENT, Cavalry Guards Regiment, raised on 3.4.1814 in Versailles near Paris as a Horse Chasseur Regiment, on 30 April 1814 was designated the Horse Chasseur Life Guards Regiment and was granted the privileges of the New Guards

Drama Theatre (entry)

DRAMA THEATRE. The performances of the theatre of Tsar Peter the Great's sister, Tsarevna Natalia Alexeevna (from 1714) can be considered as the first attempts to establish a standing public theatre in St. Petersburg

Dramatic Theatre on Liteiny

DRAMATIC THEATRE ON LITEINY, Regional (51 Liteiny Avenue) was the Drama and Comedy Theatre before1990. It was first opened in 1945 as the Youth Theatre Studio under the guidance of Alexander Wiener, but had no premises

Drankov А.O. (1880-1948), cinematographer

DRANKOV Alexander Osipovich (1880, St. Petersburg - 1948), photographer, film manufacturer, film director, and cameraman. One of the founders of the national cinema, he opened the first Russian film production studio in 1907

Drinking Establishments

DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS. Special places where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk on the premises appeared in St. Petersburg in the first years of its existence

Drozd V.P.(1906-1943) Vice Admiral

DROZD Valentin Petrovich (1906-1943), Soviet military commander, Vice Admiral (1941). Graduated from Frunze Military Naval Academy (1928). In 1938-40, served as commander of the Northern Fleet

Druzhinin A. V. (1824-1864), writer

DRUZHININ Alexander Vasilievich (1824, St. Petersburg - 1864) writer, critic, translator. On graduating from the Page Corps (1843) he served in the Finnish Life Guard Regiment

Dubrovin A. I. (1855-1921), public figure

DUBROVIN Alexander Ivanovich (1855-1921) was a doctor, political and public figure, State Counsellor. On graduating from the Medical Surgical Academy (1879) he served as a military doctor. From 1889, he worked in children's orphanages of St

Dudergofka, river

DUDERGOFKA (Duderhof, known as Dudorovka in the 18th century), a river in the south-west of St. Petersburg. The name originates from Duderhof Heights. The river emerges from Lake Duderhof (Dudergofskoe)

Dudergofsky Canal

DUDERHOFSKY CANAL was built during the improvement of the Peterhof Highway and Southern Primorsky Park. It was named after the Duderhofka River (the Canal covers the river's mouth)

Duderhof Heights

DUDERHOF HEIGHTS a group of hills of glacial origin in the south of St. Petersburg eastwards from Krasnoe Selo and the Ligovo-Gatchina Railway. In the early 18th century they were known as the Duderhof Hills later Duderhof Heights (from Lappish

Duderhof Lake (Krasnoye Selo)

Duderhof Lake is located in the southern end of Krasnoye Selo (in Mozhaysky and Villosi Villages) at true altitude of 79.9 meters. It has a natural lowering among moraine hills in the centre of Izhora Heights (hence the name Duderhof Heights)

Dudin M.A. (1916-1993), poet

DUDIN Mikhail Alexandrovich (1916-1993, St. Petersburg), poet, public figure. In 1937 entered the evening department of Faculty of Literature of the Ivanov Pedagogical Institute; in 1939 he was conscripted into the Army

Dudinskaya N.М.(1912-2003), ballet dancer, instructor

DUDINSKAYA Natalia Mikhailovna (1912-2003, St. Petersburg), ballet dancer, People's Artist of the USSR (1957), Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg (1998). Graduated from the Leningrad Choreography School under of A. Y. Vaganova in 1931


DUEL (single combat, satisfaction), singe combat of two individuals with the same weapons (epee, sabre, pistol, rarely - others) and in fair conditions, held according to definite rules in the presence of witnesses (seconds) from both parties at the

Dukhov N.L. (1904-1964), weapons engineer

DUKHOV Nikolay Leonidovich (1904-64) was a weapons engineer and Lieutenant General (1954), Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1953), Hero of Socialist Labour (1945, 1949, and 1954)

Duma of Six Members

DUMA OF SIX MEMBERS, an elected executive organ of city self-government. The Duma was formed according to the Imperial Decree to Cities of 1785. It was appointed concurrently with the General City Duma in January 21 1786

Dume Restaurant

DUME RESTAURANT (15 Malaya Morskaya Street / 7 Gorokhovaya Street). Opened in the early 1820s by Andrieux, a former French Prisoner of War of 1812 who stayed in Russia. D. V. Venevitinov, F. V

Dunaevsky I.O., (1900-1955), composer

DUNAEVSKY Isaak Osipovich (1900-1955), composer, pianist, director of music and theatrical groups, people's artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (1950). Graduated from Kharkov Conservatory, he lived in Leningrad in 1929-41

Dunaysky Avenue

DUNAYSKY AVENUE, running from Predportovaya Street to Sofiyskaya Street, through Srednaya Rogatka and Kupchino. The avenue was named after the Danube River in 1968

Durnovo P.P. (1835-1919), statesman and public figure

DURNOVO Peter Pavlovich (1835 - 1919, Petrograd), statesman and public figure, Infantry General (1890), Adjutant General (1905). Graduated from the Page Corps in 1853 and the Imperial Military Academy in 1855

Dussault Restaurant

DUSSAULT RESTAURANT (11 Bolshaya Morskaya Street). Opened in the late 1830s by restaurateur Legrand, in the 1850s restaurateur Dussault became its owner. The restaurant was famous for its cuisine (N.A


DUTCH, an ethnic community within the St. Petersburg population. The Dutch language is related to the Germanic group of Indo-European languages. They are Protestant and Catholic (those living in St. Petersburg are mostly Protestant)