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From Yakutsk to Russkoye Ust’e

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The National Library of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) for the first time published photographs of 1912 from the Russian Ustye settlement on the site of the Google Academy of Culture.

Photos by Vladimir Mikhailovich ZENZINOV (November 29, 1880, Moscow - October 20, 1953, New York) - Russian politician, one of the leaders of the Socialist-Revolutionaries.

In 1911, V.M. Zenzinov was sent into exile - the north of Yakutia, the settlement of Russkoye Ust’e. There he met the local population - the descendants of Novgorodians who moved there along the Northern Sea Route, supposedly under Ivan the Terrible, eventually forming a sub-ethnic group of the Russian people, Russkoye Ust’e people, or Indigirians.

During the exile in the Russkoye Ust’e Vladimir Zenzinov was engaged in ethnographic observations, photography, meteorology, ornithology and medicine.

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Having lived among these people, he collected unique material, thanks to which not only Russia, but also Europe and the whole world learned about the Russkoye Ust'e. From Yakutsk to the Russkoye Ust’e is a visual diary of Vladimir Mikhailovich Zenzinov. The photographs are for the first time compiled in such a way that they illustrate the text of his diary, thereby allowing us to dive into the past life of the inhabitants of the Russkoye Ust’e through the eyes of V.Zenzinov,” said Aleksey Ivanov, author and coordinator of the project ‘Culture of Yakutia in the world space’ (inclusion of cultural institutions of Yakutia in the Google Academy of Culture), researcher at the Book Monuments Research Center of the National Library of the RS (Y).

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Google Culture Academy is an interactive educational project in which cultural and art institutions from around the world publish their exhibits in digital format. The platform allows you to visit all the important cultural places of the world, to get acquainted with various works of art, archival materials, to make virtual tours. Currently, more than 5 million digital exhibits from 70 countries are available. The project is also available on the Arts & Culture mobile app.