The last “semidesyatnik” (representative of the 1870s): On the biography of Vasily Nikolaevich Grigoriev (1852–1925)

Savinova T.A. The last ‘semidesyatnik’ (representative of the 1870s): On the biography of Vasily Nikolaevich Grigoriev (1852–1925) // The Russian Peasant Studies. 2019. V.4. №3. P. 61-77.

DOI: 10.22394/2500-1809-2019-4-3-61-77


The article considers the biography and career of one of the founders of the zemstvo statistics V.N. Grigoriev. For the first time in the academic tradition the key stages of his career were studied in detail: development of his populist worldview and of the Ryazan zemstvo statistics, exile in Kineshma, Simferopol and Voronezh, and work at the Moscow self-government. The author focuses on the creation of the Ryazan Zemstvo Statistical Bureau, the study of four uyezds in the Ryazan Province, conflict with the Moscow City Council, work on the classic work Peasant Migration from the Ryazan Province, and its evaluation by A.I. Chuprov. Based on the archival sources from two federal repositories, the author introduces the work of Grigoriev in zemstvo statistics in 1883–1886, when he was openly supervised by the police. The activities of Grigoriev in the Moscow government consisted of his work in the Statistical Department of the Moscow City Council, and from 1897 to 1917 as a member of the Council he participated in the management of the city economy and charity. The finale of his statistical activities was the bibliography Index of Zemstvo Statistical Works from the 1860s to 1917 praised by V.A. Chayanov.


zemstvo statistics, V.N. Grigoriev, V.G. Korolenko, Ryazan zemstvo, resettlement of peasants, Moscow City Council, subject index

About the author

Savinova Tatyana A., PhD (Economics), Head of the Department of Organizational, Methodological and Personnel Work, Researcher of the Chayanov Research Center, MSSES. Russian State Archive of Economics. Bolshaya Pirogovskaya St., 17, Moscow, 119435.
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