The researcher of the Far East, military topographer, ethnographer, and writer. He was born in St. Petersburg in the family of a railway worker. In 1892, V.K. Arseniev entered the St. Petersburg Junkers Infantry School. One of the teachers of the school was the brother of the famous traveler G. E. Grum-Grzhimailo, who was able to get Vladimir Arseniev’s interest with geographical research, drawing his attention to the Far East.
After graduation in 1895, Arseniev received an appointment to Poland. In 1899, he moved to the Far East, in Blagoveshchensk, where he headed the defense of one of the participants of the state border in a confrontation with the army of the Honghuzi. Then he served in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk.
He was awarded five Orders of Saint Anna of IV and III degree the Order of St. Vladimir of III degree, and a plurality of medals. In 1910-1918 and 1924 - 1926 he headed the local history museum of Khabarovsk. From 1900 to 1930, Arseniev carried out 18 research expeditions to the insufficiently explored regions of Primorye, the Amur River region, the Sea of Okhotsk coast, and Kamchatka. Arseniev was a member of the Society of Hunters, he was an active member of the Society for the Amur Region Study, the Amur River region Department of the Russian Geographical Society, and an active and honorary member of 23 other scientific societies and institutions.
His books, the most famous of which are “Across the Ussuriland”, “Dersu Uzala”, “In the Sikhote Alin Mountains”, “Through the Taiga”, discovered the Far East for many readers once again.
On September 4, 1930, Arseniev died of pneumonia. He was buried in the military cemetery on the peninsula Egersheld (Vladivostok). In connection with the liquidation of the military cemetery, he was reburied in the Naval Cemetery of Vladivostok.