44 Lenin Avenue

A researcher's journey to Siberia

Tomsk as Imperial Project

Filed under: Conferences & Presentations,Ignatii Dvernitskii — Wilson Bell at 7:59 pm on Friday, November 3, 2017  Tagged , , ,

I’ve been thinking a bit about Tomsk as a project of empire. These thoughts arose partly out of my early modern European survey course at TRU, during which I recently lectured about Russia’s eastward expansion. Tomsk was founded in 1604 as one of a series of fur-trading outposts along Siberia’s vast river routes, and thus […]

Katorga Questions

Filed under: Ignatii Dvernitskii — Wilson Bell at 8:25 pm on Friday, August 25, 2017  Tagged , , , ,

Of the questions related to the murder of Ignatii Dvernitskii, many remain unanswered. For example, what was the fate of the two perpetrators, Gerasim Iurinov and Georgii Kuimov? The temporary military tribunal sentenced them to death, commuted to katorga. Katorga was the harshest form of punishment in tsarist Russia, after the death penalty. It generally […]

Records destroyed?

Filed under: Ignatii Dvernitskii,Methodology — Wilson Bell at 9:04 pm on Wednesday, July 26, 2017  Tagged , , ,

As should be clear from my posts, one of the key events I’m studying for this project is the murder of the headmaster and monk Ignatii Dvernitskii by two of his pupils in 1909. The case was quickly transferred from the regular courts to a temporary military tribunal, sent from Omsk (The military district court […]

The Church-Teachers’ School

Filed under: Education in the Russian Empire,Ignatii Dvernitskii,Orthodox Church — Wilson Bell at 10:51 pm on Thursday, July 6, 2017  Tagged , ,

While at the CAS conference at the end of May, Heather Coleman, expert on the late-Imperial Orthodox Church, pushed me to look more carefully at the role of the Orthodox Church in education in Siberia specifically, since the zemstva (elected local governments that had been established during the Great Reforms), in charge of much of […]

CAS Conference, May 27-29

Filed under: Conferences & Presentations,Ignatii Dvernitskii,Methodology — Wilson Bell at 7:46 pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017  Tagged , , , ,

I’m excited to be presenting, “The 1909 Murder of Ignatii Dvernitskii: A microhistorical approach,” as part of a panel on microhistory approaches to Russian and Soviet history at the annual convention of the Canadian Association of Slavists, part of the larger Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences that will take place at Ryerson University […]

Dostoevsky Conference!

Filed under: Conferences & Presentations,Ignatii Dvernitskii — Wilson Bell at 5:06 am on Saturday, July 30, 2016  Tagged

Just a quick note: thanks to a Twitter conversation with @kab3d, I have the opportunity to present at the conference, “Crime and Punishment at 150,” to be held at UBC in October (preliminary program here). How does my 44 Lenin Avenue research relate to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment? Well, see my title and abstract, below: “A […]

Murder Mysteries

Filed under: Ignatii Dvernitskii — Wilson Bell at 9:31 am on Sunday, July 17, 2016  Tagged , , , ,

The murder of Ignatii raises many questions, some of which were raised almost immediately by the St. Petersburg-based journal, Sibirskie voprosy (Siberian questions). The murder occurred the night of May 8/9, 1909, and the suspects were arrested on the 9th. Many supporters of Ignatii, according to Sibirskie voprosy, gathered around the school, calling for a […]

Siberian ‘Truth’

Filed under: Ignatii Dvernitskii,Sibirskaia Pravda — Wilson Bell at 2:25 pm on Saturday, July 9, 2016  Tagged , , , , ,

Ignatii Dvernitskii, the monk and headmaster who was murdered by two of his students in May 1909 at 44 Lenin (then Pochtamtskaia ulitsa), was also editor of Sibirskaia pravda, or Siberian Truth, from mid-1908 until the March 14th issue of 1909. The paper began publishing in January 1908, and was the newspaper of the Tomsk chapter of […]