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Iskusstvo Leningrada (The Leningrad Art), journal

ISKUSSTVO LENINGRADA (The Art of Leningrad), a monthly illustrated journal on politics, social affairs and art publicism. It circulated from July 1989 until April 1991 as an organ of the Ministry for Culture of the Russian Soviet Federative

Islands (entry)

ISLANDS. A characteristic trait of St. Petersburg is its many islands, as it is located on the Neva River delta. There were 33 islands with official names in St

Istomina А.I., (1799-1848), ballet dancer

ISTOMINA Avdotya Ilyinichna (1799 - 1848, St. Petersburg), ballet dancer. A student of E. I. Kolosova and C. Didelot, she graduated from the Petersburg Theatre School in 1815. She danced in the Imperial Troupe at St

Italian Opera

ITALIAN OPERA existed in St. Petersburg in 1733-1914 (intermittently) in two guises: as Italian musical theatre with performances in Italian and as proper Italian operas performed by Russian companies in Russian (from 1781 up to the present moment)


ITALIANS, an ethnic community forming a part of the St. Petersburg population. The Italian language belongs to the Romance group of Indo-European languages. Believers are Catholic

Italyanskaya Street

ITALYANSKAYA STREET, running from Griboedova Canal to the Fontanka River. Known as Bolshaya Italyanskaya Street from 1871 to 1919, then called Rakova Street until 1991

Italyansky Bridge

ITALYANSKY BRIDGE, over the Griboedova Canal, opposite to Italyanskaya Street (hence the name). Constructed on the site of a ferry station (crossing) in 1896 as a pedestrian bridge (engineer L.N

Ivan Fedorov

IVAN FEDOROV (11 Zvenigorodskaya Street), an open joint-stock company from 1993. It originated from the printing house of R. Golike and A. Vilborg’s Partnership founded in 1902

Ivan Mikhailovich Yarotsky (1916 -1980)

I.M. Yarotsky was awarded the Title of the Hero of the Soviet Union on September 14, 1945 for the first amphibious assault landing for the purpose of base area occupation and for a successful reconnaissance in Seisin (North Korea) occupied by the

Ivan VI Antonovich (1740-1764), Emperor

IVAN VI (1740, St. Petersburg — 1764, Schlisselburg Fortress), Emperor (1740-1741). He was the son of Anna Leopoldovna and Prince Antony Ulrich of Brunswick, grandson of Tsar Ivan V (brother of Peter the Great)

Ivanov G.V. (1894-1958), poet

IVANOV Georgy Vladimirovich (1894-1958), poet, author of memoirs. Studied in St. Petersburg, at the Second Cadet Corps (didn't graduate). In 1911 became acquainted with A.A

Ivanov I.A. (1779-1848), artist

IVANOV Ivan Alexeevich (1779 - 1848, St. Petersburg), watercolourist and engraver. Nephew of I.E. Starov. Studied at the Academy of Arts (1789-98), where he taught (in 1817-40) and of which he became a member (1830). Portraying the sights of St

Ivanov L.I., (1834-1901), choreographer

IVANOV Lev Ivanovich (1834-1901, St. Petersburg), ballet dancer and choreographer. He graduated from Petersburg Theatre School in 1852. He studied under F. Malovern, E. Gredlu, and J. Petipa Father. The first classical dancer of St

Ivanov V.I. (1866-1949), poet

IVANOV Vyacheslav Ivanovich (1866-1949), poet, playwright, philosopher. In 1884 graduated from a Moscow gymnasium and entered the Faculty of History and Philology of Moscow University, continued his studies in Berlin. He lived In St

Ivanov А.G. (1898-1984), film director

IVANOV Alexander Gavrilovich (1898-1984, Leningrad), film director and script writer; People’s Artist of the USSR in 1964, Honoured Worker of Arts of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1947

Ivanov А.А., (1806-1858), Artist

IVANOV Alexander Andreevich (1806, St. Petersburg - 1858) artist. He studied at the Academy of Arts in 1817-28 under his father А. I. Ivanov and А. Е. Egorov; a member of the Academy from 1836

Ivanov-Razumnik R. V. (1878-1946), publicist, literary critic

IVANOV-RAZUMNIK (real name and family Razumnik Vasilievich Ivanov) (1878-1946) literary critic, sociologist, public and political figure. He came to St. Petersburg in the 1880s, studied at the First Petersburg gymnasium

Ivanovka, river

IVANOVKA, a river in the south-west of St. Petersburg, in the area of Sosnovaya Polyana and Ligovo. It was named in the 19th century after the village of Ivanovskaya

Ivanov's Wednesdays, Literary and Artistic Meetings

IVANOV'S WEDNESDAYS were weekly literary and artistic meetings held in the flat of poet and philosopher Vyach. I. Ivanov and his wife, and writer, L. D. Zinovyeva-Annibal which became the centre of literary life of St

Ivanovskaya Street

IVANOVSKAYA STREET, running from Obukhovskoy Oborony Avenue to the Moskovskaya Line of the Oktyabrskaya Railroad, part of the Central Arched Line. Named in the 1890s after a house-owner

Ivanovsky A.V. (1881-1968), film director

IVANOVSKY Alexander Viktorovich (1881-1968), film and musical theatre director, Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (1936). Graduated from Kazan University with a major in law in 1906

Ivashentsov G. A., (1883-1933), doctor of infectious diseases

IVASHENTSOV Gleb Alexandrovich (1883-1933, Leningrad), doctor of infectious diseases, organiser of hospitals. He graduated from the Military Medical Academy (1907)

Izhora Battalion

IZHORA BATTALION, a volunteer subunit formed in Kolpino in September 1941 as a separate battalion of Izhora workers, gathered on the basis of previously organized detachments, which mainly consisted of workers form the Izhorsky Factory

Izhora Hills

IZHORA HILLS (Izhora Plateau) the highest western part of the so-called Ordovician Plateau. It received its name form the Izhora people who inhabited the territory. It stretches between the Luga, Oredezh and Tosna River valleys approaching St

Izhora Plants

IZHORA PLANTS (1 Lenina Avenue, Kolpino), an open joint-stock company, which was founded in 1992. It originated from the Menshikov Izhora Sawmill, built in the early 18th century at the Izhora River

Izhora, river

IZHORA, also known as Inger river, a tributary to the Neva. The river draws its water through the Izhora Hills from a spring near Skvoritsa village of Gatchinsky District


IZHORIANS, ethnic community, descendants of the ancient population of Ingria. Their language is related to the Finno-Ugric group of Uralic language family. Divided from southern Karelian tribes in the end of the first millennium

Izhorka Bolshaya, river

IZHORKA BOLSHAYA, a river in the far South-East of Saint Petersburg eastwards from Kolpino. The name derives from the people of Izhora. Raising from the swamps northwards from the settlement of Krasny Bor

Izmailovsky Garden

IZMAILOVSKY GARDEN is situated in the centre of St. Petersburg, between No 114 and 116а Fontanka River Embankment and Derzhavina Lane. The Polsky Garden is located to the west of the lane. The Izmailovsky Garden is 1.3 hectares in size

Izmaylovsky Avenue

IZMAYLOVSKY AVENUE, running from Fontanka River Embankment to Obvodny Canal Embankment. Called Voznesensky Avenue from the second half of the 18th century to the early 19th century, and Krasnykh Komandirov Street from 1923 to 1944

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