Popugaev, Vasilii Vasilevich

Popugaev, Vasilii Vasil’evich


Born 1778 or 1779 in St. Petersburg; died circa 1816 in Tver’, now Kalinin. Russian poet and enlightener; member of the Free Society of Amateurs of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts.

Popugaev served as a government functionary in St. Petersburg. In his poetry and publicistic works he opposed autocracy, tyranny, and man’s enslavement by man and attempted to demonstrate the superiority of a republican regime founded on universal equal rights. His article “On Slavery and Its Orgins and Consequences in Russia” (1815–16) decried serfdom in Russia.


Poety-petrashevtsy. Leningrad, 1957.
Russkie prosvetiteli, vol. 1. Moscow, 1966.


Orlov, V. N. “V. Popugaev.” In his book Russkie prosvetiteli 1790–1800-kh gg., 2nd ed., Moscow, 1953.