The Presidential Library’s video lecture to portray the poet and mentor of the most august persons Vasily Zhukovsky

8 February 2023

On February 8, 2023 at 13:00 Moscow time the Presidential Library, as part of the Knowledge of Russia project, will host a video lecture “The greatest talent with the most beautiful soul”, timed to coincide with the 240th anniversary of Vasily Andreevich Zhukovsky.

The name of Vasily Zhukovsky is one of the key names in Russian literature. A brilliant poet and translator, the founder of romanticism in Russia, the author of the words of the anthem of the Russian Empire "God save the Tsar!", Zhukovsky is also known for his gift as a teacher. Zhukovsky's contribution to pedagogy is enormous: he expressed valuable thoughts on the self-development of children, discussed the importance of habits, wrote articles on pedagogy and thought out lessons for classes with the heir to the throne, the future Emperor Alexander II.

It is precisely the pedagogical gift of Vasily Zhukovsky that the Presidential Library’s video lecture will be dedicated to.

Doctor of Philology, Professor of Tomsk State University Olga Borisovna Lebedeva will focus on the results and prospects of publishing the Complete Works of Zhukovsky in 20 volumes.

At the event, Doctor of Philology, Professor of Orenburg State University Svetlana Alekseevna Matyash will make a presentation entitled “Vasily Zhukovsky’s Poetry Transfers in the Reception of Russian Poets”. Within the framework of this speech, the influence of Zhukovsky's poetry on the evolution of all Russian poetry of the 19th-20th centuries will be considered.

In the lecture “Education for Virtue: Vasily Zhukovsky as Mentor of the Heir to the Throne”, Anna Nikolaevna Sidorova, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Chief Specialist of the Department for Storage of Documents on the History of Russia in the 19th – early 20th centuries of the State Archive of the Russian Federation, will tell about Zhukovsky as a mentor to Tsarevich Alexander Nikolaevich and the features of the system of raising children in the family of Emperor Nicholas I as well as the role Vasily Zhukovsky played in this system.

The video lecture is free. The meeting will be broadcast on the Presidential Library’s portal in Live broadcasts section in accordance with the program of live events, on the institution's Rutube-channel, as well as on the page on the VKontakte social network.

The Presidential Library regularly holds interactive lessons and video lectures. Detailed information is available on the institution's portal in the Multimedia Lessons section and in the Video lectures for school heading. Video recordings of lectures and open lessons are also available here.

Accreditation of media representatives is until 12:00 February 7, 2023.

Please forward applications for accreditation until 12:00 August 29, 2022 following the attached form marked “Media Accreditation” at, Tatyana Pechnikova, tel. (812) 305-16-21, ext. 534; mob. +7 921 998-06-78.

The letter should contain the full name, date and place of birth, passport data (series, number, place of registration), a list of carry-on equipment, contact phone numbers, the name of the media.

We draw the attention of the media representatives that it is necessary to forward applications for accreditation and arrive at the event in advance.

Entrance to the Presidential Library is carried out only by prior registration and upon showing a passport: for media representatives - through entrance № 2, participants and guests of the event - through entrance № 1.

In order to reduce the risks of the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the use of personal protective equipment during the event is mandatory for all attendees.