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Muravyov-Amursky Nikolay Nikolaevich

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Year of birth: 1809
Year of death: 1881

A public official. Graduated from the Corp of Pages. He participated in the Russo-Turkish War of 1829 and in a campaign to Poland in 1831. In 1846 he was a Tula military and civil governor, he stood out with a liberal way of thinking, he was a supporter of the liberation of the peasants. In the years 1847-1861 he was a governor of the Yenisei and a governor-general of Eastern Siberia.

He conducted active research and development of the Amur River region involving local intelligentsia, as well as political exiles. He did a lot to settle the region and to expand trade in the Far East. “For the Amur region,” he said, “I’m ready to pray to the Buddha, Christ, Muhammed and shamanic spirits”.

He has the initiative to return the Amur, ceded to China in 1689. He assisted to Nevelskoy G.I. in his investigations. Despite the opposition in St. Petersburg, Muravyov managed to achieve the fact that the mouth of Amur occupation was accepted by the Tsar.

In 1854, Emperor Nicholas I gave to Muravyov the right to delimitate the eastern outskirts with the Chinese government and also he was allowed to make a combination of troops along the Amur river. For the signing of the Treaty of Aigun of 1858 with China, according to which the Amur became the border of Russia and China to the very mouth, he was given the title of the Count of Amur. In 1861, Muravyov left the post of governor-general due to not acceptance of his draft on the division of Eastern Siberia into two general governorships.

For 20 years before his death (in Paris), he only occasionally came to Russia to attend the meetings of the State Council. In 1891, a monument was erected in Khabarovsk in the honour of Muravyov-Amursky.

Muravyov-Amursky passed away on the 18th of November, 1881 in Paris, and was buried in the Montmartre churchyard. In 1990, the remains of Muravyov-Amursky were transferred to Vladivostok and reburied in the historic center of the city.