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From poet to chief of staff of the Empress: an exhibition dedicated to Gavriil Derzhavin opened

Date: December 3, 2023 Time: 09:20:53

Originally from an impoverished noble family, Gavriil Romanovich became “one of the first people of the empire.”

The exhibition was prepared by the Russian Military Historical Society together with the General Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Department of Culture of the capital.

Almost everyone knows Pushkin’s lines from “Eugene Onegin”: “Old man Derzhavin saw us

And, descending to the sepulchre, he blessed…

But who is Derzhavin? Why did he suddenly bless the poet’s first successes, when Pushkin was serenely flourishing in the gardens of the Lyceum?…

These and other questions can be answered at the exhibition, where not only portraits of Gavriil Romanovich Derzhavin made by famous artists are displayed, but also interesting facts from his biography, lines of poetry and quotes.

– He did not consider himself a poet, he considered himself a statesman. And it is very symbolic that now the anniversary of Derzhavin is celebrated under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, since Derzhavin is not just the first Minister of Justice, he is an amazing person of the Lomonosov scale, said Vladimir Medinsky, Assistant to the President. of the Russian Federation, President of the Russian Military Historical Society, at the opening of the exhibition. -If Lomonosov is a poet and a scientist, then Derzhavin is, in fact, a poet of the same order, only he is also a statesman. He worked as an archaeologist, guard officer, military counterintelligence officer, Senate employee, personal state secretary, as they would now say “head of the apparatus” of Empress Catherine II, twice governor and, finally, the first Minister of Justice. In that early Russia of Alexander, the Ministry of Justice was a huge department that today would unite the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the General Prosecutor’s Office and much more. And that’s all – Derzhavin!

Coming from an impoverished noble family, Gavriil Romanovich became “one of the first people of the empire.”

– He was a very talented person who did a great educational job. He is the founder of Russian Enlightenment poetry. He played an important role in the formation of Russian literature. I am grateful to the Russian Military Historical Society for preserving and popularizing the heritage of this outstanding statesman, – stressed the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Konstantin Chuichenko. He noted that the central events of the celebration of the 280th anniversary of Derzhavin’s birth will take place in the Novgorod region on July 14. – We are planning to visit the resting place of Gavriil Romanovich. We’ve done a great job restoring his headstone. We will open a very beautiful monument in Veliky Novgorod on Derzhavin Square and launch our project for the formation and future construction of the House of Justice, which will bear the name of an outstanding statesman.

The uniqueness of the exposition is due to the fact that more than 20 departments and organizations provided materials for its creation, including departments of the Ministry of Justice of various regions related to the fate of Derzhavin, museums, archives and libraries. The outdoor exhibition will run until the end of July.

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