Aleksandr Osipovich Kornilovich

Kornilovich, Aleksandr Osipovich


Born July 7 (19), 1800, in Mogilev Podol’skii, present-day Vinnitsa Oblast; died Aug. 30 (Sept. 11), 1834, near Tbilisi. Decembrist; historian by profession.

Kornilovich was educated in the Odessa lycee and a school for column leaders. Together with D. P. Buturlin, he began archival research in 1816 on the military history of Peter Fs reign and the Patriotic War of 1812. Between 1822 and 1824 he published a number of articles dealing with the first quarter of the 18th century and the history of Russian geographical discoveries. In May 1825 he was admitted to the Decembrists’ Southern Society. He was entrusted with important missions by the VasiPkov Executive Board and carried messages between the Southern and Northern societies in the autumn of 1825. On Dec. 14, 1825, the day of the uprising, Kornilovich was present in Senate Square. He was sentenced to eight years of hard labor, followed by exile in Siberia. In 1828 he was brought from the Nerchinsk mines to the Peter and Paul Fortress, where he was confined until November 1832. At that time he was assigned to the Shirvan Infantry Regiment as a common soldier and sent to the Caucasus, where he died of typhus.


Soch. i pis’ma. Moscow-Leningrad, 1957.


Volk, S. S. Istoricheskie vzgliady dekabristov. Moscow-Leningrad, 1958.
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