Vladimir Meshchersky

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Prince Vladimir Meschersky

Prince Vladimir Petrovich Meshchersky (11 January 1839[1] – 23 July 1914[2]) was a Russian journalist and novelist.

He was the grandson of historian Nikolay Karamzin.[3]

Meshchersky was editor of Grazhdanin (The Citizen), a traditional conservative newspaper which received subsidies from the imperial authorities.[4] According to Leon Trotsky, "The sole paper which [Tsar] Nicholas read for years, and from which he derived his ideas, was a weekly published on state revenue by Prince Meshchersky, a vile, bribed journalist of the reactionary bureaucratic clique, despised even in his own circle."[5]

Meshchersky also contributed to the periodicals The Russian Messenger and Moskovskiye Vedomosti (Moscow News). He was the author of several novels and memoirs.

He was a friend of the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and acquired a reputation as a homosexual philanderer.[6] His patrons, the Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, protected him from public disgrace.[7]


  1. ^ Ruvigny, Marquis of (1914) The Titled Nobility of Europe, London: Harrison and Sons, page 1008.
  2. ^ "Czar's Adviser, Mestchersky, dies", New York Times, 24 July 1914
  3. ^ Richard Denis Charques (1965) The twilight of imperial Russia, Oxford University Press, p. 51
  4. ^ Richard Taruskin (2000) Defining Russia Musically: Historical and Hermeneutical Essays, Princeton University Press, p. 281
  5. ^ Trotsky, Leon, The History of the Russian Revolution: Volume One: The Overthrow of Tzarism, "The Tzar and the Tzarina"
  6. ^ Peter Stoneley (2007) A queer history of the ballet, Taylor and Francis, p. 53
  7. ^ Alexander Poznansky (1999) Tchaikovsky through others' eyes, Indiana University Press, p. 77
  • Out of My Past: The Memoirs of Count Kokovtsov Edited by H.H. Fisher and translated by Laura Matveev; Stanford University Press, 1935.

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