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Vladimir Petrovich Meshchersky 1839 - 1914

September 27, 2009

St. PetersbergVladimir Petrovich Meshchersky 1839 - 1914 was a Russian was a State Councilor, Imperial Chamberlain, and radical publisher, Editor of Grazhdanin, _dilettante and writer of high society novels, _advisor and Imperial Chamberlain to Tsar Alexander III, a member of the Black Hundreds, who was also a member of the St. Petersburg Society of Homeopaths.

Meshchersky was the grandson of Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, and he was a colleague of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Konstantin Petrovich Pobedonostsev, *\*Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,

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The lay supporters of homeopathy did not keep silent either. Prince Vladimir Meshchersky (1839-1914), an honorary member of the St. Petersburg Society of the Followers of Homeopathy, dedicated to the project an editorial in the conservative periodical *Grazhdanin (The Citizen)* issued by himself….

Nikolai and Ekaterina’s daughter Ekaterina Karamzina (1805/09-1867) married Prince Peter Ivanovich Meshchersky (1802-1876). Their son Prince Vladimir Petrovich Meshchersky (1839-1914) was a State Councilor, Imperial Chamberlain, and publisher.

He was a staunch reactionary monarchist who opposed moderate and liberal reforms of any kind. He was the publisher of the extreme right wing government-sponsored newspaper __Grazhdanin (the Citizen).

He was an advisor to Tsar Alexander III and was given the nickname “the Knower” at Court because he usually knew what the Tsar would do before the Tsar acted.

Vladimir faced legal problems in the late 1880s after being caught in an awkward position with a bugle boy from the Imperial marching band. Tsar Alexander III quashed the case.

His family was less tolerant of his behavior (they were outraged in part that he lived openly with his lover Nikolai Fedorovich Burdukov). His brother Nikolai refused to even allow Vladimir into his home.

Vladimir was a good friend of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. He was also a member of the St. Petersburg Society of the Followers of Homeopathy.


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