Aleksandr Nikitenko

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Alexander Nikitenko

Alexander Vasilievich Nikitenko (Александр Васильевич Никитенко; 1804 – 1877) was a well-educated Ukrainian serf of Count Sheremetev who was granted freedom under pressure from Kondraty Ryleyev and other men of letters. He narrowly escaped persecution in the wake of the Decembrist Uprising and served as censor through much of Nicholas I's reign. Nikitenko is notable for a very detailed diary that he kept from an early age. It appeared in print in 1888-92; an abridged English translation was published in 1975.


  • The Diary of a Russian Censor. University of Massachusetts Press. 1975. (Trans. by Helen Saltz Jacobson)
  • Up from Serfdom. My Childhood and Youth in Russia, 1804-1824. Yale University Press. 2002. (Trans. by Helen Saltz Jacobson)

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